Nonduality Salon (/ \)
Passages found in Walt Whitman's Song of Myself were excerpted for their nondual flavor and made into new poems.
a Jerry Katz arrangement
Read the complete version of Leaves of Grass.
This is the grass that grows wherever the land is and the water is,
This is the common air that bathes the globe.
The atmosphere is not a perfume....it has no taste of the
distillation....it is odorless,
It is for my mouth forever....I am in love with it,
I do not know it....it is without name....it is a word unsaid,
It is not in any dictionary or utterance or symbol.
I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.
The suns I see and the suns I cannot see are in their place.
The palpable is in its place and the impalpable is in its place.
And will never be any more perfection than there is now,
Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now.
All forces have been steadily employed to complete and
Now I stand on this spot with my soul.
My foothold is tenoned and mortised in granite,
I laugh at what you call dissolution,
And I know the amplitude of time.
I have no mockings or arguments....I witness and wait
I heard what was said of the universe,
Heard it and heard of several thousand years;
It is middling well as far as it goes....but is that all?
This day before dawn I ascended a hill and looked at the
And I said to my spirit, When we become the enfolders of
those orbs and the pleasure and knowledge of every
thing in them, shall we be filled and satisfied then?
And my spirit said No, we level that lift to pass and
What is known I strip away....I launch all men and
women forward with me into the unknown.
The insignificant is as big to me as any,
What is less or more than a touch?
I am an acme of things accomplished, and I an encloser
of things to be.
I find letters from God dropped in the street, and every one
is signed by God's name,
And I leave them where they are, for I know that others
will punctually come forever and ever.
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