Poets to Come


Photograph by Barbara Mattio

Photograph by Barbara Mattio

                                                                                                                                   Copyrighted 2012, Great Smoky Mountains

 

 

Poets to come! orators, singers, musicians to come!

Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for,

But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental, greater than

before known,

Arouse! for you must justify me.

 

I myself but write one or two indicative words for the future,

I but advance a moment only to wheel and hurry back in the

darkness.

 

I am a man who, sauntering along without fully stopping, turns a

casual look upon you and then averts his face.

leaving it to you to prove and define it,

Expecting the main things from you.             — Walt Whitman, Laws of Creation

 

 

Walt Whitman is one of Americas greatest poets. He had a way of connecting to people as he traveled America. Just as he connected to his peers as he moved from area to area and from experience to experience, he connects us to him and to all he met and wrote about. His poems have a strength of love and a commitment to seeing the goodness in people. This is a gift and one we don’t always see in this twenty-first century.

 

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

 

To a Stranger

 

Passing stranger! you do not know how longingly

I look upon you,

You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, ( it comes to me as of a dream,)

I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,

All is recall’d  as we flit by each other, fluid, affectionate, chaste,

matured.

You grew up with me, were a boy with me or a girl with me,

I ate with you and slept with you, your body has become not yours only nor

left my body mine only,

You give me the pleasure of your eyes, face, flash, as we pass, you take of my beard, breast

hands, in return,

I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or wake at night alone,

I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again,

I am to see to it that I do not lose you.”     —-Walt Whitman, Laws for Creation

 

 

I think Whitman was an original man. There has never been another like him. There have been American poets who loved nature and who dedicated poems to the joy of nature, but Walt Whitman had a way of seeing nature that was unique.  He also had a way of describing war when he was a volunteer nurse in the Civil War. His ability to look into people’s souls and to access their souls was extraordinary. Poetry was his medium and he has left us a treasure trove of his rhythm and his way of looking at life. He was a man who often traveled alone; he was outside of his society in many ways, separate from us, but he has never left us. His words will keep him alive for many centuries to come.

 

Redwood trees on the West Coast

Redwood trees on the West Coast

 

 

 

redwoods

                                                                                                                        Whitman walked along the roads and byways                            

                                                                                                                         and wrote the words that have  preserved

                                                                                                                         the feel of a younger America.

 

Benediction

Benediction

 

 

 

 

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Doucments: Rikers Guard Who Left Post At Time Of ‘Hot Cell’ Death Had Been Disciplined Before


We gave up on the mentally ill in the 70’s. This is very sad but not surprising. Many people have a bias towards the mentally ill.

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Rikers Island jail guard who investigators say left her post without permission as a mentally ill inmate lay dying in his 101-degree cell in February had been disciplined four years earlier for a similar infraction, The Associated Press has learned.

Carol Lackner was accused in 2010 of leaving her post and leaving Rikers Island entirely without permission while working in a women’s section of the jail, according to the documents obtained through a public records request.

That administrative charge was settled, her attorney says, when Lackner agreed to give up five vacation days. He said she was on a break when she left, which is nevertheless a policy violation.

More recently, Lackner was suspended for 30 days following the Feb. 15 death of 56-year-old Jerome Murdough. A city corrections investigation found she abandoned her post in a mental health observation unit 20 minutes before he…

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Keeping them Honest: Lawmakers from both parties call for Shinseki’s resignation


He needs to stop thinking that his money keeps him from being a racist bigot.

Anderson Cooper 360

A White House official tells CNN that VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is “on thin ice” with President Obama. The number of lawmakers from both parties calling for Shinseki’s resignation is growing. Lawmakers vented their frustration after senior VA officials testified at a House hearing yesterday evening. Drew Griffin’s reporting on the VA scandal has been Keeping Them Honest for months.

Anderson looked at the enormity of this crisis for the White House with political analyst David Gergen and Congressman Jeff Miller, who is the Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

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The Australian Shark Cull Continues


Very well written and important blog.

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

by Madison Stewart

It has become the first thing people associate with my nation when I’m overseas, and has become a source of shame for those once proud of being Australian: the shark cull.

The first question I usually hear is “how can people let this happen?” Or, “what is wrong with the Australian government?” It must seem crazy from the outside, watching a country defined by its wilderness going to great lengths to the kill off a vital part that wilderness. It’s not the general population pushing for a shark cull; only a small group actually supports the program. It is the government that sets the foundation for the disgusting environmental devastation in our waters. Even then, our government at large did not enact the policy that allowed the shark cull to take place; a few members snuck it past the usual policy approval routine. One man’s signature condemned…

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Hypovolemia of the Pollex


Vert witty. I hope you heal quickly. Hugs, Barbara

Imagine....

The watermelon sat on the counter, just doing what watermelons do… images (19)

Every time I tried to position it for the perfect slicing spot, it would wobble and present a not so suitable area for incision.

You know how they can be….

I held it in the place I had chosen and stuffed a dish towel around the bottom to keep it from moving as I prepared to begin disassembling.

22016561_BG2 Blood Thirsty Bitch!

The only problem was that I had not put down the recently purchased, brand new, deadly serrated Wal-Mart watermelon knife.

As I tucked the rag under the watermelon with my left hand, I reached up with my right to steady the fruit.

Do you know that feeling that you get when you have cut yourself badly?

It’s a slight bump against the thumb, in this case, a quick cold burn.

You don’t even have to look!

The stupid…

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Authorities Confiscate Alligator From Brooklyn Man’s Home


Wild animals belong in the wild. They are not pets. Hugs, Barbara

CBS New York

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn man is facing fines and possible jail time for keeping a 3-foot-long alligator as a pet inside his home.

As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, Victor Alexandria said his alligator is more than a pet.

“Well his name is Dino, he’s 3 years old. You know, he’s been my friend ’cause I think all animals are my friend. I got him since he fit in the palm of my hand. (Does he bite?) No, I have kids hold him all the time on the boardwalk,” he said.

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That may be true, but Dino was taken from Alexandria on a misdemeanor charge of improper precaution of a wild animal.

Alexandria would sometimes keep the animal in a small child’s pool behind his house on Bay 40th Street in Bensonhurst, D’Auria reported.

Alexandria…

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