These last few days the Staghorn Sumac has been pouring on the growth. The furry limbs intrigue me.
Today I saw a Gopher Snake on the Old Towne Parkway (Rock Creek) thanks to Lazarus up on the hillside alerting me in advance so that I wouldn’t accidentally run over it with my bike. It was not easy to see in the shadow.
Today I saw some newly emerging Poison Ivy.
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,
Have patience and indulgence toward the people.
Take off your hat to nothing known or unknown,
or to any man or number of men,
Go freely with powerful uneducated persons,
And with the young, and with the mothers or families.
Re-examine all you have been told
in school or church or in any book,
Dismiss whatever insults your own soul;
And your very flesh shall be a great poem…
And have the richest fluency, not only in its words,
But in the silent lines of its lips and face,
And between the lashes of your eyes,
and In every motion and joint of your body.
~ Walt Whitman ~ Preface to Leaves of Grass, 1855 edition