O Captain! My Captain!

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Well, you guessed it. This Taco Tuesday is really a “Walt Whitman Appreciation Day”. In truth, I believe that every day should be Walt Whitman Appreciation Day. From the classic O Captain! My Captain! to the equally heart-wrenching Vigil Strange I Kept On The Field One Night, every line is masterfully woven together to create tremendous works of art. The unbelievable capacity of poetry to make me feel everything reached its culmination as I delved deeper into the writings of Whitman, and I remember almost too clearly the night I sat in bed, knees tucked to my chest, book clutched in my hands, the very first time a poem made me cry. So when the words on the page blur together as your tears leave their warped footprints on the fading ink, remember that if you feel bad reading it, poor Mr. Whitman had to feel even worse so he could find the emotional capacity to write it.

To leave you with some more lighthearted words from Walt Whitman –

“Keep your face always towards the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

“Happiness, not in another place, but this place… Not for another hour, but this hour.”

I hope you will discover something you love,

Gabriella

 

 

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