This is What You Shall Do…

Image:  Mark Summers

Image: Mark Summers

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 1819 – 1892, “This is what you shall do” – from preface of Leaves of Grass (1855).

Found on Tumblr at: http://artemisdreaming.tumblr.com/

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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5 Responses to This is What You Shall Do…

  1. Jake Levi says:

    He is great and unfortunately our schools barely even mention his name. This is as valid today as the day he wrote it, more actually, because its brand new to so many. Thanks for posting George.

  2. bearly says:

    He was a wise man, although not without controversy. I love that wood print!

  3. I love that you posted this – it moved and inspired me.

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