Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sunday Stamps #17

We'll close out National Poetry Month (USA anyway) with stamps honoring poetry and/or poets.

I'd like to honor Walt Whitman, who I feel is one of the United States' greatest poets.

He was born on Long Island  NY in 1819, and died in 1892. has a nice short biography and links to some of his well-know poems.  He is known for Leaves of Grass but I like the following excerpt from Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking:

Once Paumanok,
When the lilac-scent was in the air and Fifth-month grass was growing,
Up this seashore in some briers,
Two feather'd guests from Alabama, two together,
And their nest, and four light-green eggs spotted with brown,
And every day the he-bird to and fro near at hand,
And every day the she-bird crouch'd on her nest, silent, with bright eyes,
And every day I, a curious boy, never too close, never disturbing them,
Cautiously peering, absorbing, translating.

Shine! shine! shine!
Pour down your warmth, great sun!
While we bask, we two together.

Two together!
Winds blow south, or winds blow north,
Day come white, or night come black,
Home, or rivers and mountains from home,
Singing all time, minding no time,
While we two keep together.

Join me and share your stamps.

Theme next week (by suggestion): transportation: planes, trains, and automobiles.


Postcardy said...

I wish the sun would pour down some more warmth.

Christine H. said...

You can really appreciate the beauty and the deatail of stamps like this when they're enlarged.

Bob Scotney said...

I found your Whitman stamp on the internet along with a number of others including Robert Frost, T S Eliot and Emily Dickinson.
All great poets.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

"When the lilac-scent was in the air and Fifth-month grass was growing,"

How perfect!

We do have the sun at the moment but it's accompanied by strong, strong, winds. I hope none of you or yours have been affected by typhoons.

Ana said...

Walt Whitman...I studied about him at the Uni...but unfortunately don't remember much so this is a good refreshment lesson :)

Joy said...

Wonderful poet, always the "curious boy".

Chris Overstreet said...

Wonderful vintage stamp, vintage poetry. O Captain! My Captain!

Aimee Dars said...

Great stamp - I love Walt Whitman's spirit!

Dorincard said...

We should read more about the "creme de la creme" in poetry, etc., from USA and other countries...:)


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