Georgia O'Keeffe photographed by Alfred Stieglitz, 1919.

Georgia O’Keeffe photographed by Alfred Stieglitz, 1919.

S+ Stimulant: Your flesh as a poem

In the many years since Walt Whitman wrote it, the quote below has oft been stated, it has been taped to many walls, scribbled into a multitude of notebooks, sung, chanted, howled. And yet it still retains all of its original power. As Spring breaks over the Earth this 2015, we offer it to you once again.  It contains many of Seymour’s guiding principles. We hope it will inspire you as much as it does us.

“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.” – Walt Whitman, 1885

S+ Suggested reading: Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass

Published: March 26th, 2015

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