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Stirring the Poetry Pot

Miss Early Bird is about to get serious about poetry, people. A few poetry pieces are in the works, to be unveiled next month. You can sign up to receive new posts via email so that you do not miss any Poet Moments.

As part of Writing 201’s Poetry Potluck, here are a few of my favorite verses from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself.

I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.

One world is aware and by far the largest to me, and that is
myself,
And whether I come to my own to-day or in ten thousand or
ten million years,
I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness I can
wait.

These verses provide comfort. Walt is telling us: If everyone knows you or no one knows you, that is okay. You can figure out “life” today or tomorrow or never. That is okay too. He captures in poetry what Bob Marley sang about in Three Little Birds. Every Little Thing is Gonna Be All Right.

Do you have a favorite poem or verse? What is it and what does it mean to you?

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2 thoughts on “Stirring the Poetry Pot

  1. swebster1030 says:

    My current favorite, since you asked:

    Make me a channel of your peace,
    Where there is despair in life, let me bring hope
    Where there is darkness, only light
    Where there is sadness, ever joy

    It is from the song version of the Prayer of St. Francis. It reminds me that when I seek to bring positive things to others, I can’t help but find the best in me!

    Looking forward to your poetry pieces!

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