Wednesday, August 23, 2006



There was a child went forth every day,
And the first object he looked upon, that object he became,
And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day,
Or for many years or stretching cycles of years.
The early lilacs became part of this child,
And grass and white and red morning glories, and white and red clover,
and the song of the phoebe-bird,
And the Third-month lambs and the sow's pink-faint litter, and the mare's
foal and the cow's calf,
And the noisy brood of the barnyard or by the mire of the pond-side,
And the fish suspending themselves so curiously below there,and the
beautiful curious liquid,
And the water-plants with their graceful flat heads, all became part of him.


The village on the highland seen from afar at sunset, the river between,
Shadows, aureola and mist, the light falling on roofs and gables of white
or brown two miles off,
The schooner near by sleepily dropping down the tide, the little boat
slack-towed astern,
The hurrying tumbling waves, quick-broken crests, slapping,
The strata of colored clouds, the long bar of maroon-tint away solitary
by itself, the spread of purity it lies motionless in,
The horizon's edge, the flying sea-crow, the fragrance of salt marsh
and shore mud,
These became part of that child who went forth every day, and who now
goes, and will always go forth every day.

--Walt Whitman (1819-1892)


twitches said...

Perrrrfect! Walt Whitman is always right for the occasion.

Deb R said...

I don't know how I missed ever reading that poem before, but I sure don't remember it. I really like it!

January said...

Great poem. I love uncle Walt! And such a fun photo to post with the poem.

Nienke Hinton said...

I love this poem-and the idea that all we see and experience becomes a part of us. Photo is perfect too.

pepektheassassin said...

Thanks, you one and all, for not forgetting me even when I was gone! The picture is Isaac, my four-yr-old grandson on the shore of the St Croix river.