Tuesday Poetry……

Excelsior

WHO has gone farthest? For lo! have not I gone farther?
And who has been just? For I would be the most just person of the earth;
And who most cautious? For I would be more cautious;
And who has been happiest? O I think it is I! I think no one was ever happier than I;
And who has lavish’d all? For I lavish constantly the best I have;
And who has been firmest? For I would be firmer;
And who proudest? For I think I have reason to be the proudest son alive—for I am the
son
of the brawny and tall-topt city;
And who has been bold and true? For I would be the boldest and truest being of the
universe;
And who benevolent? For I would show more benevolence than all the rest;
And who has projected beautiful words through the longest time? Have I not outvied him?
have I
not said the words that shall stretch through longer time?
And who has receiv’d the love of the most friends? For I know what it is to receive
the
passionate love of many friends;
And who possesses a perfect and enamour’d body? For I do not believe any one
possesses a
more perfect or enamour’d body than mine;
And who thinks the amplest thoughts? For I will surround those thoughts;
And who has made hymns fit for the earth? For I am mad with devouring extasy to make
joyous
hymns for the whole earth!

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

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Les Carpenter

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist working with those over 50 years of age. Currently work at Prime Fitness located in The Enfield Senior Center, Enfield CT. Semi retired and enjoying life in the semi fast lane with my lovely bride and super grandchildren!

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