In the words of Walt Whitman- “This is what you shall do;”

Love the earth and sun and the animals,

despise riches, give alms to everyone

that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy,

devote your income and labor to others,

hate tyrants, argue not concerning God . . .

dismiss whatever insults your own soul;

and your very flesh shall be a great poem. . .

–Walt Whitman

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I am a former educator, writing in central Wisconsin. When not writing or encouraging students to write, I enjoy lighthouses on the Great Lakes, family campouts, and walking our dog. I am a member of SCBWI. I have a masters degree in education and have been published in The Mailbox MagazineThe Education Center®, The Mailbox®,The Idea Magazine for Teachers®.

One thought on “In the words of Walt Whitman- “This is what you shall do;”

  1. Deb, I remember this quote from a college class on American Poets. So glad to see it again, It has so much more meaning now that I am a “ little bit “ older 😆 Nice to find you. Thanks for the reminders.✌🏼🎶🎨📚💁🏼


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