The Gladness of the River


Coracle on the Little Shenango River, 19 May 2019. 

It avails not, neither time or place—distance avails not,
I am with you, you men and women of a generation, or ever so many generations hence,
I project myself, also I return—I am with you, and know how it is.
Just as you feel when you look on the river and sky, so I felt,
Just as any of you is one of a living crowd, I was one of a crowd,
Just as you are refresh’d by the gladness of the river and the bright flow, I was refresh’d,
            — Walt Whitman, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”, Leaves of Grass, 2nd edition, 1856
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5 Responses to The Gladness of the River

  1. Glenn Mitchell says:

    What a moving piece from Whitman. Thank you. It spoke to me deeply in a number of ways. And the coracle looks beautiful. May it all take you where you need to be.

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  2. Sydney Smith says:

    Cosmic consciousness.

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  3. onerubbersoul says:

    Thanks for stirring my desires for camping, Dave. And oh that sketch is hauntingly beautiful. Wonderful use of lines, color, and shadow.

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  4. John Breiby says:

    Whitman’s ability to see oneself in others–in everything–shows true compassion and cosmic awareness. Thank you for sharing it, Dave.

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