Monday, February 13, 2023

The Zen of Walt Whitman

Considered one of America's most influential poets, Walt Whitman aimed to transcend traditional epics and eschew normal aesthetic form to mirror the potential freedoms to be found in America.

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O Me! O Life! 
Walt Whitman 


Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring, 
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish, 
Of myself forever reproaching myself(for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?) 
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d, 
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me, 
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined, 
The questionO me! so sad, recurringWhat good amid these, O me, O life?


That you are here—that life exists and identity, 
That the powerful play goes onand you may contribute a verse. 
O me! O Life! 
 Zen Pencils 

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