San Francisco and Beyond

Made it to San Francisco in one piece. Felt that I needed to begin my journey here.

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3 thoughts on “San Francisco and Beyond

  1. Good luck! You’ll do great! Whatever happens it will be what its supposed to be! Have fun! Breathe! Ug, I’m so jealous! I thought of you all day long and Walt Whitman’s ‘Song of the Open Road’ came to mind. I’m sure you know it, Its one of my favorites. Here’s the first stanza….

    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, 5
    Strong and content, I travel the open road.

    The earth—that is sufficient;
    I do not want the constellations any nearer;
    I know they are very well where they are;
    I know they suffice for those who belong to them. 10

    (Still here I carry my old delicious burdens;
    I carry them, men and women—I carry them with me wherever I go;
    I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them;
    I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return.)

    I also like this line….

    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.

    And this one…

    Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons,
    It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth.

    And this bit….

    Here a great personal deed has room;
    A great deed seizes upon the hearts of the whole race of men, 75
    Its effusion of strength and will overwhelms law, and mocks all authority and all argument against it.

    Oh wait, the 5th stanza nails it….

    From this hour, freedom!
    From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines,
    Going where I list, my own master, total and absolute, 55
    Listening to others, and considering well what they say,
    Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,
    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. 60

    I am larger, better than I thought;
    I did not know I held so much goodness.

    All seems beautiful to me;
    I can repeat over to men and women, You have done such good to me, I would do the same to you.

    I will recruit for myself and you as I go; 65
    I will scatter myself among men and women as I go;
    I will toss the new gladness and roughness among them;
    Whoever denies me, it shall not trouble me;
    Whoever accepts me, he or she shall be blessed, and shall bless me.

    I’m sorry, this is getting long! Just read the whole poem sometime, its perfection.
    Here’s sending you good


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