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I was looking for a Long While for Intentions

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That is the first line of Walt Whitman’s poem, ” I was looking for a long while” and I am honestly in awe of someone who I do not know, who lived a century ago. Whitman talked about searching for meaning in pages of history, in the past. He found himself in the present, in the people around him.

I believe that there are certain things that are destined to occur in one’s life, at a particular time. Discovering writers such as Emerson and Whitman was destined to occur this summer, when I could appreciate them. I am becoming more of myself, I believe. I am finding some solace in the fact great thinkers such as Whitman and Emerson, contemplated and wrote words that would one day help a young women from Brooklyn, living in Baltimore, rediscover her love of words and not just words but words that make her think.

Poem:

I Was Looking a Long While

I was looking a long while for Intentions,
For a clew to the history of the past for myself, and for these chants — and now I have found it,
It is not in those paged fables in the libraries, (them I neither accept nor reject,)
It is no more in the legends than in all else,
It is in the present — it is this earth to-day,
It is in Democracy — (the purport and aim of all the past,)
It is the life of one man or one woman to-day — the average man of to-day,
It is in languages, social customs, literatures, arts,


It is in the broad show of artificial things, ships, machinery, politics, creeds, modern improvements, and the interchange of nations,
All for the modern — all for the average man of to-day.

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Author: ngalanjala

I Have Learned So much from God That I can no longer Call Myself A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, A Buddhist, a Jew. The Truth has shared so much of Itself With me That I can no longer call myself A man, a woman, an angel, Or even pure Soul. Love has Befriended Hafiz so completely It has turned to ash And freed Me Of every concept and image My mind has ever known. ~ Hafiz ~

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