Walt Whitman – Continuities

Nothing is ever lost, or can be lost,

No birth, identity, form—no object of the world,

Nor life, nor force, nor any visible thing;

Appearance must not foil, nor shifted sphere confuse thy brain.

Ample are time and space—ample the fields of nature.

The body, sluggish, aged, cold—the embers left from earlier fires,

The light in the eye grown dim,

—–shall duly flame again;

The sun now low in the west rises for mornings and for noons continual;

To frozen clods ever the spring’s invisible law returns,

With grass and flowers

and summer fruits and corn.

This poem, which I recently encountered serendipitously, is from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”, in the section, “Sands at Seventy”. The full title is, “Continuities (From a talk I had lately with a German spiritualist)”. The poem is worth sharing.

For those who prefer their poems uninterrupted, here it is in one piece.

CONTINUITIES.
[From a talk I had lately with a German spiritualist.]

Nothing is ever really lost, or can be lost,
No birth, identity, form—no object of the world.
Nor life, nor force, nor any visible thing;
Appearance must not foil, nor shifted sphere confuse thy brain.
Ample are time and space—ample the fields of Nature.
The body, sluggish, aged, cold—
the embers left from earlier fires,
The light in the eye grown dim, shall duly flame again;
The sun now low in the west rises for mornings and for noons 
continual;
To frozen clods ever the spring’s invisible law returns,
With grass and flowers and summer fruits and corn.





2 responses to “Walt Whitman – Continuities

  1. I did not find your photos interuptions at all, rather, timely illustrations of sentiment encased in words, a cadence in tribute to a life honored by a human of heart. Respect.

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