Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday in CinCity. The Stars are All Aligned and Neurochemicals Balanced for Someone Edition.



Miracles

by Walt Whitman



Why, who makes much of a miracle?

As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,

Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,

Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,

Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of

the water,

Or stand under trees in the woods,

Or talk by day with any one I love, or sleep in the bed at night

with any one I love,

Or sit at table at dinner with the rest,

Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,

Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer

forenoon,

Or animals feeding in the fields,

Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,

Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so

quiet and bright,

Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring;

These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,

The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place.



To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,

Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,

Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with

the same,

Every foot of the interior swarms with the same.



To me the sea is a continual miracle,

The fishes that swim—the rocks—the motion of the waves—

the ships with men in them,

What stranger miracles are there?




Walking the dog last evening, it was the perfect summer night. Moon half full. Quiet. Three bats flying overhead. A great night for a game of Ghost in the Graveyard if one were just a bit younger and there were about six more people around, preferably about 9 or10 years old, the age when what you're really concerned about is a great hiding spot and listening out for "Ollie, Ollie, in-come-free."

No other agendas.

5 comments:

  1. Your night sounds like it was perfect. Hope you're feeling well.

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  2. What was that old Grateful Dead song ? "I Need A Miracle, Every Day"... I think Whitman might have liked it... be well...

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  3. Lovely. Thanks for the Whitman. Hope all is well.

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  4. One of my all time favorite Whitman poems...which is saying something...

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  5. Walt never met a conjunction he didn't like. Without those and prepositions, he'd never have written. How sad we would all be, and how diminished The American Canon! Bless him.

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Hey, thanks for your thoughts and your time:>)