"This is what you shall do..."

This is what you shall do;

Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches,

 give alms to everyone 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 seasons 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, Leaves of Grass preface


  1. Hey there:) Happy New Year! I hope you had fun during the holidays:)

    1. Thanks! Happy new year to you too, and may 2013 be full of good stuff :)

  2. Oh, I love that. I haven't read any Walt Whitman yet (so many of those haven't-read-yets, it gets a little depressing!). Thanks for the inspiration, lady, and I hope your 2013 is a bright, beautiful one! xo