Whitman’s voice seems to me to be constantly that of someone who just finished a 50 mile bike ride on a beautiful spring day after a great sleep, drinks up from a delicious mountain stream, takes a deep breath of clear mountain air, and then sings out his exultation of the universe. In other words, our best selves. Who we should strive to be regularly.
I like this poem particularly for Easter. Walt here is seeing the God in all things, how all things are connected together, and the beauty of that connection. Inhaling that connection, loving all of it, he urges us to boldly head out to be our best selves, to be the Christ within each of us, and live our lives to the fullest.
A great message as we celebrate the Spring, Christ, and re-birth. Enjoy.
Or as Whitman would say, “ENJOY! ENJOY! ENJOY!”
Song of the Open Road
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.