girl growing

and a space for her to play in

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


'this is what you shall do:
love the earth & the sun & the animals,
despise riches,
give alms to every one that asks,
stand up for the stupid and crazy,
devote your income & labor to others,
hate tyrants,
argue not concerning God,
have patience & indulgence toward the people,
take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or any man or number of men,
go freely with powerful uneducated persons & with the young & 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 & have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips & face & between the lashes of your eyes & in every motion and joint of your body...'
-walt whitman


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