Walt Whitman

“This is what you shall do:



Love the earth and sun and the animals,

despise riches,

give alms to every one that asks,

stand up for the stupid and crazy,

devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants,

argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people,

take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men,

go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families,

read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life,

re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book,

dismiss whatever insults your own soul,

and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”
― Walt Whitman



15 thoughts on “Walt Whitman

  1. I love this – ‘dismiss whatever insults your own soul’! 😀

  2. I loved the very same line. And the rest of it. 🙂

  3. I really like the top picture.

  4. Hi Ela. I like the line…”re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book” I believe as one grows on their spiritual journey, the person may re-examine what the’ve said, wrote, believe, heard and or read such as the part in this poem “hate the tyrant.” I think Mr. Whitman would be open to re-examining this part in his poem. As one grows spiritually, beauty comes forth while they are undoing their ego (false self). Also, “stand up for the stupid and crazy”, I believe I understand what he means by this although no one is stupid or crazy. We can act stupid and crazy. How we use our words is important. 🙂 I like the photos you picked. 🙂

    • I understand what you are saying, Pam but maybe strong words like ‘hate’ adds to the passion of the poem. Words should indeed be used carefully. 🙂
      The ginger flower was in the Cairns botanical gardens, I haven’t got that variety in my garden yet. 🙂

      • There is much to learn and receive from this poem. Thank you for posting this piece from Mr. Whitman. We can learn from this man. I’m not sure when Mr. Whitman wrote this piece perhaps during The Civil War. I do believe and have seen within myself that hate brings more hate and love brings more love. How about, love the tyrant. The one who acts like a tyrant must have love to heal.

      • That’s true. 🙂

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