Monday, April 4, 2011

This is what you shall do...

"This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals. Give to every one that asks. Stand up for those in need. Devote your income and labor to others. Have patience and indulgence toward people. Re-examine all you have been told at school 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 your words, but in the silent lines of your lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."

— Walt Whitman (excerpted and revised from Leaves of Grass- 1855)