Month: May 2017

The Prairie Grass Dividing

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The prairie-grass dividing–its special odor breathing,
I demand of it the spiritual corresponding,
Demand the most copious and close companionship of men,
Demand the blades to rise of words, acts, beings,
Those of the open atmosphere, coarse, sunlit, fresh, nutritious,
Those that go their own gait, erect, stepping with freedom and
command–leading, not following,
Those with a never-quell’d audacity–those with sweet and lusty
flesh, clear of taint,
Those that look carelessly in the faces of Presidents and Governors,
as to say, Who are you?
Those of earth-born passion, simple, never-constrain’d, never
obedient,
Those of inland America.

 

– Walt Whitman

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31st May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1819 Walt Whitman (poet)

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Died:

1910 Elizabeth Blackwell (first woman in the USA to receive a medical degree)

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On This Day:

1879 Madison Square Gardens opens

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The Prairie States

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A newer garden of creation, no primal solitude,
Dense, joyous, modern, populous millions, cities and farms,
With iron interlaced, composite, tied, many in one,
By all the world contributed–freedom’s and law’s and thrift’s
society,
The crown and teeming paradise, so far, of time’s accumulations,
To justify the past.

 

– Walt Whitman

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30th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1975 Andy Farrell (England rugby union and league player)

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Died:

1431 Joan of Arc (burned at the stake)

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On This Day:

1922 Lincoln Memorial dedicated

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The Voice Of The Rain

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And who art thou? said I to the soft-falling shower,
Which, strange to tell, gave me an answer, as here translated:
I am the Poem of Earth, said the voice of the rain,
Eternal I rise impalpable out of the land and the bottomless sea,
Upward to heaven, whence, vaguely form’d, altogether changed, and
yet the same,
I descend to lave the drouths, atomies, dust-layers of the globe,
And all that in them without me were seeds only, latent, unborn;
And forever, by day and night, I give back life to my own origin,
and make pure and beautify it;
(For song, issuing from its birth-place, after fulfilment, wandering,
Reck’d or unreck’d, duly with love returns.)

 

– Walt Whitman

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29th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1903 Bob Hope (comedian and entertainer)

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Died:

2003 David Jefferies (motorcycle racer)

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On This Day:

1848 Wisconsin admitted as the 30th State of the USA

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To A Western Boy

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O boy of the West!
To you many things to absorb, I teach, to help you become eleve of
mine:
Yet if blood like mine circle not in your veins;
If you be not silently selected by lovers, and do not silently select
lovers,
Of what use is it that you seek to become eleve of mine?

 

– Walt Whitman

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28th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1968 Kylie Minogue (singer)

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Died:

2003 Martha Scott (actress – Ben Hur) 

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On This Day:

1919 Armenia declares its independence

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The Great City

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The place where a great city stands is not the place of stretch’d wharves, docks, manufactures, deposits of produce merely,
Nor the place of ceaseless salutes of new-comers or the anchor-lifters of the departing,
Nor the place of the tallest and costliest buildings or shops selling goods from the rest of the earth,
Nor the place of the best libraries and schools, nor the place where money is plentiest,
Nor the place of the most numerous population.

Where the city stands with the brawniest breed of orators and bards,
Where the city stands that is belov’d by these, and loves them in return and understands them,
Where no monuments exist to heroes but in the common words and deeds,
Where thrift is in its place, and prudence is in its place,
Where the men and women think lightly of the laws,
Where the slave ceases, and the master of slaves ceases,
Where the populace rise at once against the never-ending audacity of elected persons,
Where fierce men and women pour forth as the sea to the whistle of death pours its sweeping and unript waves,

Where outside authority enters always after the precedence of inside authority,
Where the citizen is always the head and ideal, and President, Mayor, Governor and what not, are agents for pay,
Where children are taught to be laws to themselves, and to depend on themselves,
Where equanimity is illustrated in affairs,
Where speculations on the soul are encouraged,
Where women walk in public processions in the streets the same as the men,
Where they enter the public assembly and take places the same as the men;
Where the city of the faithfulest friends stands,
Where the city of the cleanliness of the sexes stands,
Where the city of the healthiest fathers stands,
Where the city of the best-bodied mothers stands,
There the great city stands.

 

– Walt Whitman

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27th May – On This Day In History

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Born:

1837 Wild Bill Hickok (American folk hero)

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Died:

2013 Bill Pertwee (actor – Dad’s Army)

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On This Day:

1977 Two Boeing 747 aircraft (KLM and PanAm) collide on the Canary Islands. 582 people killed.

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Have a good Saturday, 27th May

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