Saturday, July 25, 2009
"The flush of the known universe is in him"
The male is not less the soul nor more, he too is in his place,
He too is all qualities, he is action and power,
The flush of the known universe is in him,
Scorn becomes him well, and appetite and defiance become him well,
The wildest largest passions, bliss that is utmost, sorrow that is utmost become him well, pride is for him,
The full-spread pride of man is calming and excellent to the soul...
From "I Sing the Body Electric" by Walt Whitman. Text from Poetry Foundation,
Male Nude, Jean-Baptiste Wicar (1762-1834)