Preface to Leaves of Grass (excerpt)
Love the earth and sun and the animals,
despise riches, give alms to everyone 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 or families,
re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book,
and dismiss whatever insults your own soul;
and your very flesh shall be a great poem….
Thanks to everyone who left such thoughtful comments and sent very sweet emails letting me know I am being held in prayer on this day ahead of remembering. This small journey is of course part of a much longer one I am immersed in. I received the poem above in my Panhala email the other day and the image of my very flesh being a great poem feels like an invitation into what tomorrow holds. I am going to take the next couple days off from blogging and I will see you back here Monday with our next Poetry Party!
-Christine Valters Paintner @ Abbey of the Arts