Song of the Open Road

Walt Whitman
From Leaves of Grass
Song of the Open Road
#5

From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines,

Going where I list, my own master total and absolute,

Listening to others, considering well what they say,

Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,

Gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me.

 

I inhale great draughts of space,

The east and the west are mine, and the north and the south are mine.

 

I am larger, better than I thought,

I did not know I held so much goodness.

 

All seems beautiful to me,

I can repeat over to men and women

You have done such good to me I would do the same to you,

I will recruit for myself and you as I go,

I will scatter myself among men and women as I go,

I will toss a new gladness and roughness among them,

Whoever denies me it shall not trouble me,

Whoever accepts me he or she shall be blessed and shall bless me.

One thought on “Song of the Open Road

  1. “Stop this day and night with me, and you shall possess the origin of all poems….”
    because Ashland begets poetry in every leaf
    of every folio the bard threw out our way, and every branch
    library whose doors remain thrown wide (or semi-wide:
    not Sundays or mornings) by the vox populi.

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