“… Stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others …”

Today, poet D. Thompson shares one of her favorite quotes, by one of her favorite poets, Walt Whitman. Donesha says:
In the poem I am sharing, today, it is evident the capacity of understanding Walt Whitman had of the human existence. He understood the importance of nature and the effect it has on humans. Without nature and greenery the world would be a very bland and desolate place … incompatible with the needs of people and their visual stimulation requirements. He encourages one to forget about the material things in life and to do what is unexpected. In the world today, so many chase what eventually becomes dust in the air.
Money, homes, clothes and all the nicer things in life, mean nothing if the person is empty. Walt Whitman recognized this. He also recognizes that the big and the ugly usually get all the attention and all of the feigned love. Here he challenges the wise one to examine everything that they have been taught in life and to take hold of what is good, then to throw out what is bad. I do believe that Whitman’s message was for a person to find poetry in doing what is right and repeat it in every day life. I hope you enjoy as much as I have:
“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
 (from the Preface to Leaves of Grass, 1855 edition)
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. ~ Walt Whitman

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey – the work of the stars. ~ Walt Whitman
A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. ~ Walt Whitman

 I am as bad as the the worst, but thank God, I am as good as the best. ~ Walt Whitman

Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you? ~ Walt Whitman
Find Donesha’s book of poetry: amazon
Find excerpts here
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