“Of Equality–as if it harm’d me, giving others the same chances and rights as myself–as if it were not indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same.”
This is actually the whole of poem by Whitman, originally written in 1860, revised in 1871, and included in the 1892 edition of Leaves of Grass in the By The Roadside section. It is one of three poems in that section titled “Thought”–another poem is called “Thoughts” and a fifth is called “Roaming in Thought.”
I will share another one tomorrow.
Read yesterday’s Thought. Thought of the Day (TOD) is selected by Rick Larios, Monday-Friday, minus public holidays and an arbitrarily chosen summer vacation. Often, but not always, a comment comes with the quote. TOD originates as a personal email list-sharing and is further shared here with permission. A poem appears in full on Fridays; the copyright belongs to the poet and/or publisher. Buy poetry you like.