Monday, June 28, 2010

Walt Whitman: Me Imperturbe

from Leaves of Grass.

Me imperturbe, standing at ease in Nature,
Master of all or mistress of all, aplomb in the midst of irrational things,
Imbued as they, passive, receptive, silent as they,
Finding my occupation, poverty, notoriety, foibles, crimes, less important than I thought,
Me toward the Mexican sea, or in the Mannahatta or the Tennessee, or far north or inland,
A river man, or a man of the woods or of any farm-life of these
      States or of the coast, or the lakes or Kanada,
Me wherever my  life is lived, O to be self-balanced for contingencies,
To confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do.

2 comments:

Bob G. said...

Ann:
Some good solid words to live by...no doubt about that.

Ann T. said...

Dear Bob,
This was a find. All the Whitman I've read, and suddenly this caught my attention.

Have a nice day! I appreciate the kind words.

Ann