Stébla trávy / Leaves of Grass

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Broumovsko (Czech Republic). Hommage to Walt Whitmann.
Voigtländer Color Ultron 1.8/50 (M42). Infrared.

 

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 choose.    
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am good fortune;    
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,             
Strong and content, I travel the open road.
You road I enter upon and look around! I believe you are not all that is here;      
I believe that much unseen is also here.
Here is realization;
Here is a man tallied—he realizes here what he has in him;
The past, the future, majesty, love—if they are vacant of you, you are vacant of them.
Gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me.
I inhale great draughts of space;
The east and the west are mine, and the north and the south are mine.
I am larger, better than I thought;    
I did not know I held so much goodness.
All seems beautiful to me.

— Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  
Leaves of Grass. 1900.
“Song of the Open Road.” (Selection)

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