Friday, September 28, 2007


Quicksand years that whirl me I know not whither,

our schemes, politics, fail, lines give way, substances mock and elude me,

Only the theme I sing, the great and strong-possess'd soul, eludes not,

One's-self must never give way-that is the final substance-that out of all is sure,

Out of politics, triumphs, battles, life, what at last finally remains?

When shows break up what but One's-Self is sure?

-Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1865