November 08, 2008

A little weekend Whitman--and a bonus

I hear America's kitties singing.

How about a little weekend Walt?

I HEAR America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics—each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work;
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat—the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck;
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench—the hatter singing as he stands;
The wood-cutter’s song—the ploughboy’s, on his way in the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
The delicious singing of the mother—or of the young wife at work—or of the girl sewing or washing—Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;
The day what belongs to the day—At night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.

And, at no extra charge, here's a nice music video from Leonard Cohen.



Jason said...

I've just finished looking at the first two books of The Republic for my Plato class, so this "weekend Walt" was most appropriate.

El Cabrero said...

Nothing like a little Plato to clear the palate! Have you noticed that a lot of Whitman's poetry consists of lists?

Anonymous said...

I hadn’t realized how deeply I had fallen into cynicism & despair over the past 8 years until I found myself actually enjoying reading about government, politics &”the future” again, since Tuesday’s election.
“Goat Rope” is one of the few “windows on the world” that I look forward to every morning… but even the most optimistic post is always tempered with: The Goat Rope Advisory Level…
Imagine my surprise (and Joy!) at seeing today’s Level at “No Idea”… perhaps we are leaning towards a hope for a better tomorrow… Thanks, Rick
Tom Robertson
Community College of Baltimore County-Essex

El Cabrero said...

Hi Tom,
Thanks so much for your comment. I hope you're right about a better tomorrow! The wheel of Fortuna has certainly turned.