“What Will Your Verse Be?”

 

This  comes courtesy of blogger Dyan Diamond who posted this

http://wordpress.com/read/post/id/45100490/1504/

Being both curious and not a little inspired I had to look it up, first the wonderfully imaged advertisement, then the Walt Whitman poem which is voiced so perfect-well by Robin Williams.

So ,take a peek at the ad, remember I am not a great fan of I-pads (but shamelessly use one when it suits me!) and then read the original below.

Muse with me and as I did, whether it is better to have the images put before you – as is done so creatively in the ad – or to simply imagine your own.

I don’t even know what I think myself any more.

By Walt Whitman 1819–1892 Walt Whitman

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
                                       Answer.
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

You Should Know …

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Two days ago –

Fierce and fast –

Blue electricity, drama and hazard

Climbed blink-blink fast

Down greased ladders between

Sky’s undeniable singularity and

Our different-degree backgrounds.

We rolled the friendship dice, folded paper,

Measured the paces of bishop and tower,

Sheltered under the proud, peaceful wings

Of history’s graceful war birds;

We laughed happily together at

The ice and fire we walked through …

And we did it with spirits high!

At the end of some games,

You should know,

It’s possible for everyone to win.

5/8/2013

Photo: wallzoa.com