Friday, October 17, 2008

Poetry Friday -- Walt Whitman Explains the Water Cycle


And who art thou? said I to the soft-falling shower,
Which, strange to tell, gave me an answer, as here translated:
I am the Poem of Earth, said the voice of the rain,
Eternal I rise impalpable out of the land and the bottomless sea,
Upward to heaven, whence, vaguely form'd, altogether changed,
and yet the same,
I descend to lave the drouths, atomies, dust-layers of the globe,
And all that in them without me were seeds only, latent, unborn;
And forever, by day and night, I give back life to my own origin,
and make pure and beautify it;
(For song, issuing from its birth-place, after fulfillment, wandering,
Reck'd or unreck'd, duly with love returns.)

by Walt Whitman
from Leaves of Grass
published in The Nature Company's FROM THIS SOIL: SELECTED POEMS BY WALT WHITMAN

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5 comments:

  1. Love it! I need to read Whitman more often.

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  2. Again, why couldn't we have read THIS bit of Whitman in school!?

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  3. I can't remember reading this one before but it is really brilliant, isn't it? He sings.

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  4. me & walt are bff. and he would consent to me saying so, if he were alive. . . ah, but he is, underneath the boot soles. . .

    many a fond memory of writing countless papers on the good grey poet. thanks for this :]

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