Author Topic: YOU, WHOEVER YOU ARE  (Read 1971 times)


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« on: November 20, 2004, 02:05:50 PM »
-found this walt whitman piece on the internet doing some research about immigration...

just thought i would share:

You, Whoever You Are

    You, whoever you are!...

    All you continentals of Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, indifferent of place!

    All you on the numberless islands of the archipelagoes of the sea!

    All you of centuries hence when you listen to me!

    All you each and everywhere whom I specify not, but include just the same!

    Health to you! good will to you all, from me and America sent!

    Each of us is inevitable,

    Each of us is limitless—each of us with his or her right upon the earth,

    Each of us allow'd the eternal purports of the earth,

    Each of us here as divinely as any is here.

    Walt Whitman

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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2004, 10:11:02 AM »
"Each of us is inevitable/Each of us is limitless"

God, I love Whitman.  

Here's another, less joyous but equally inclusive:

I Sit and Look Out

I sit and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and
      upon all oppression and shame,
I hear secret convulsive sobs from young men at anguish
      with themselves, remorseful after deeds done,
I see in low life the mother misused by her children, dying,
      neglected, gaunt, desperate,
I see the wife misused by her husband, I see the treacherous
      seducer of young women
I mark the ranklings of jealousy and unrequited love
      attempted to be hid, I see these sights on the earth,
I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny, I see martyrs
      and prisoners,
I observe a famine at sea, I observe the sailors casting lots
      who shall be kill'd to preserve the lives of the rest,
I observe the slights and degradations cast by arrogant persons
      upon laborers, the poor, and upon negroes, and the like;
All these - all the meanness and agony without end I sitting
      look out upon,
See, hear, and am silent.


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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2004, 10:28:03 PM »
.....speaking of Walt, here's something for the " post-Christians" among you.  a Whitman favorite of mine that does not seem to get cited near often enough.

To HIm Who Was Crucified

MY spirit to yours, dear brother;   
Do not mind because many, sounding your name, do not understand you;   
I do not sound your name, but I understand you, (there are others also;)   
I specify you with joy, O my comrade, to salute you, and to salute those who are with you, before and since—and those to come also,   
That we all labor together, transmitting the same charge and succession;   
We few, equals, indifferent of lands, indifferent of times;   
We, enclosers of all continents, all castes—allowers of all theologies,   
Compassionaters, perceivers, rapport of men,   
We walk silent among disputes and assertions, but reject not the disputers, nor any thing that is asserted;   
We hear the bawling and din—we are reach’d at by divisions, jealousies, recriminations on every side,   
They close peremptorily upon us, to surround us, my comrade,   
Yet we walk unheld, free, the whole earth over, journeying up and down, till we make our ineffaceable mark upon time and the diverse eras,   
Till we saturate time and eras, that the men and women of races, ages to come, may prove brethren and lovers, as we are.


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