An Appreciation
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It’s Walt’s turn…

Today is the day on which we remember the birthday of the American poet Walt Whitman, who is quickly approaching his bicentennial birthdate.

Born on Long Island and raised in Brooklyn, he went on to become something of an itinerant journalist and editor for various newspapers… and usually getting fired for his ‘progressive’ views on such topics as woman’s rights, slavery and labor issues…

May I just take this moment to say that we here in America seem to be still fighting, a lot, about pretty much the same issues to this day.
Laws on the books are one thing…
An actual change in personal attitudes seems so much further off.

Whitman said:

Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?

Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.

And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.

To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.


On a further aside…
Is it just me?
Or does anyone else think Whitman might have been Da Vinci’s reincarnated self?

Da Vinci self portrait

Inquiring minds want to know…

Leaves of Grass by Whitman is a seminal volume in the history of American letters.
If you haven’t read it, now might be an appropriate time to have a gander, as that fine old phrase somewhat goes…

You could do worse…

Happy birthday, Walt



Top image found here.
Second image found here.




  1. I never noticed the resemblance of that photo to the Da Vinci self-portrait; uncanny…but then, those old dead bearded guys all look alike to me.


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