Saturday, November 3, 2012

the open road

 Song of the Open Road
 by Walt Whitman
Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.

The earth, that is sufficient,
I do not want the constellations any nearer,
I know they are very well where they are,
I know they suffice for those who belong to them.

(Still here I carry my old delicious burdens,
I carry them, men and women, I carry them with me wherever I go,
I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them,
I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return.) 

The earth expanding right hand and left hand,
The picture alive, every part in its best light,
The music falling in where it is wanted, and stopping where it is not wanted,
The cheerful voice of the public road, the gay fresh sentiment of the road.

O highway I travel, do you say to me Do not leave me?
Do you say Venture not—if you leave me you are lost?
Do you say I am already prepared, I am well-beaten and undenied, adhere to me?

O public road, I say back I am not afraid to leave you, yet I love you,
You express me better than I can express myself,
You shall be more to me than my poem.

I think heroic deeds were all conceiv’d in the open air, and all free poems also,
I think I could stop here myself and do miracles,
I think whatever I shall meet on the road I shall like, and whoever beholds me shall like me,
I think whoever I see must be happy. 
You can read the entire poem here.


  1. Tα λόγια συνοδεύουν την υπέροχη εικόνα !

  2. Καλησπέρα Εύη μου!Πανέμορφη φωτογραφιά καί υπέροχα λόγια!Καλό Σ/Κ!Φιλάκια!!

  3. Ah Walt Whitman; how I love him. The man and his courage, his unique vision of the world, his extraordinary poetry.

    Thank you for sharing this.

  4. όλα τόσο υπέροχα..μας ταξίδεψες!!
    να είσαι πάντα καλά!
    καλό σου βράδυ!

  5. ωραία εικόνα!!!! φιλάκια!!

  6. A most beautiful poem. I do not know it. But i will now go and read it.
    My eldest son likes walt whitmans poems.
    You chose a perfect poem for a perfect photo..
    Happiness to you on this sunday Seixta Feira.

  7. Υπέροχη φωτογραφία!!
    Και το ποίημα καταπληκτικό και τόσο ταιριαστό!!

  8. Outstanding! Thank you for sharing!

    This is Jill. I lost chillin'withjill so am starting over.