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Robert Clary

Robert Clary
Robert Clary, Holocaust Survivor

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Alternative to Any Unwanted Debates

For those who may seek a suitable alternative to needless debates, televised or otherwise, I suggest Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.   Just a proper study of this one poem alone will offer not only an antidote but an answer to our domestic problems.  So -- happy studying tonight or anytime....


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Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  Leaves of Grass.  

I Sit and Look Out 


I SIT and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all oppression and shame;
I hear secret convulsive sobs from young men, at anguish with themselves, remorseful after deeds done;
I see, in low life, the mother misused by her children, dying, neglected, gaunt, desperate;
I see the wife misused by her husband—I see the treacherous seducer of young women;
I mark the ranklings of jealousy and unrequited love, attempted to be hid—I see these sights on the earth;         5
I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny—I see martyrs and prisoners;
I observe a famine at sea—I observe the sailors casting lots who shall be kill’d, to preserve the lives of the rest;
I observe the slights and degradations cast by arrogant persons upon laborers, the poor, and upon negroes, and the like;
All these—All the meanness and agony without end, I sitting, look out upon,
See, hear, and am silent.  10

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