YOU MAY CONTRIBUTE A VERSE……….


O Me! O Life!

1819-1892


O me! O life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I,
and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the
struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see
around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring–What good amid these, O me, O life?

Answer.
That you are here–that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

PLEASE CONTRIBUTE A VERSE

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4 thoughts on “YOU MAY CONTRIBUTE A VERSE……….

  1. Walt Whitman. You reminded me of 7th grade when I learned O Captain! My Captain! for recitation in front of the school assembly.

    O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
    The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
    The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
    While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
    But O heart! heart! heart!
    O the bleeding drops of red,
    Where on the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.

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    • I’ve always liked Whitman.and that is one his most famous.

      Speaking in front of a group of people stills makes me have goose bumps. Though I ended up doing it for my job, goose bumps and all.

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  2. the author says:

    And the verse that came to my mind was a similar one … funny Oh Captain, My Captain … That you might contribute a verse … and I went to the woods by Thoreau are all quotes used in Dead Poets Society, a movie I greatly enjoyed.

    I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

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