Hand painted archival print on canvas.
20w x 30h in. Ariel Shallit. 2017.
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From "Song of the Open Road" by Walt Whitman:
AFOOT and light-hearted, I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading wherever I
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more,
Strong and content, I travel the open road.
The earth—that is sufficient;
I do not want the constellations any nearer;
I know they are very well where they are;
I know they suffice for those who belong to them.
You air that serves me with breath to speak!
You objects that call from diffusion my meanings and
give them shape!
You light that wraps me and all things in delicate
You animals moving serenely over the earth!
You birds that wing yourselves through the air! you
You sprouting growths from the farmers' fields! you
stalks and weeds by the fences!
You paths worn in the irregular hollows by the road-
I think you are latent with unseen existences—you
are so dear to me.
Allons! Be not detain'd!
Let the paper remain on the desk unwritten, and the
book on the shelf unopen'd!
Let the tools remain in the workshop! let the money
Let the school stand! mind not the cry of the teacher!
Let the preacher preach in the pulpit! let the lawyer
plead in the court, and the judge expound the
Mon enfant! I give you my hand!
I give you my love, more precious than money,
I give you myself, before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself? Will you come travel with
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?
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