Friday, September 03, 2010

Animals

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd,
I stand and look at them long and long. -
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.

from Song of Myself, Walt Whitman, in Leaves of Grass

1 comment:

KittKatt said...

Thank you! I'm a big animal lover and saw this as I was looking ahead to plan my post about animal blessings for St. Francis of Assisi Day (Oct. 4).

I had to laugh when I read Whitman’s line about animals being “so placid.” That’s the kind of thinking that led us to get a puppy. He’s super PLAYFUL, but I’d never call him placid!