Saturday, February 2, 2013

Saturday Snapshot: Leaves of Grass


Walking home from the library I was struck by the way these long dry grasses grew in fluffy tufts, blowing this way and that, almost as if they were competing with each other for the sun's smile.
I couldn't help but think of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. You can read the book for free online courtesy of Project Guttenberg which has over 40,000 titles to download.


It's such a beautiful piece of work; this passage brings me to tears.



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 the table at dinner with my mother,
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;
Or whether I go among those I like best, and that like me best--mechanics, boatmen, farmers,
Or among the savans--or to the _soiree_--or to the opera.
Or stand a long while looking at the movements of machinery,
Or behold children at their sports,
Or the admirable sight of the perfect old man, or the perfect old woman,
Or the sick in hospitals, or the dead carried to burial,
Or my own eyes and figure in the glass;
These, with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,
The whole referring--yet each distinct and in its place.

This post is for Saturday Snapshot hosted by Alyce over at At Home with Books

29 comments:

  1. Neat shot! Our grass is frozen stiff right now and covered with snow. Thanks for sharing the poem too.

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  2. What a great illustration for the book Leaves of Grass! Truly beautiful....and thanks for sharing.

    Here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

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    1. My photo? Hmmm. I wonder how much I can charge. LOL.

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  3. What a pretty shot (and poem). Have a great weekend.

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  4. Cool shot with your reflection.

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    1. Thanks for knowing it was me, Deb thought it was a man (SOB SOB)

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  5. I love Leaves of Grass. You shared well..


    Here is my Saturday Snapshot post

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  6. Lovely -- both the photo and the poem. Thanks for sharing them.

    Joy's Book Blog

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    1. And thank you for taking the time to stop by.

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  7. What a beautiful connection you made today to a beautiful piece of work!

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    1. It's funny how things strike you sometimes isn't it?

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  8. Great shot and thanks for sharing the poem too. It has been years since I read Leaves of Grass. Darn it warmed my heart just to read those lines of simple awe.

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    1. Me too Martha. Lines of simple awe says it well!

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  9. You know, I don't recall reading that before (but I have a feeling I must have in school at some point). It's a beautiful sentiment and reminds me of the song "What a Wonderful World. Lovely photo to go with it!

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    1. Yes! Wonderful World has that same almost prayerful power. One of my all time favorite songs.

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  10. I don't remember reading Leaves of Grass either. That book title does go nicely with your tufts of grass photo.

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    1. I think for most of us it was a school thing :)

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  11. Nice when a photo inspires you to think of poetry. I never knew what he meant about leaves of grass. Here's Mine

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    1. I'm not actually a huge poetry fan but this passage really spoke to me.

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  12. What a wonderful photo! Leaves of Grass is an amazing book. Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you Frances...yes, it is. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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  13. The first thing I saw was a shadow that looked like a man (Walt Whitman?) over the grass.

    Thank you so much for stopping by! Sorry you had so much trouble posting.

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    1. Hey! That man is me, not Walt Whitman, LOL!
      No worry about the posting problem; I think it was my fault. Forgot to hit submit or something!

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  14. What a lovely photo, and I like the way you paired it with Whitman. Did you ever read Michael Cunningham's Specimen Days? He has a Leaves of Grass theme running through the book, so if you're a Whitman fan you might enjoy it.

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    1. I've not read Specimen Days but I LOVED The Hours. Thanks for reco.
      And thanks for stopping by!

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  15. I love it! It reminds me of crazy hair or dog fir. I want to touch it.

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    1. It does have a wild texture - I'm horrified to realize I didn't even touch it. WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME?!

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