"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Whitman in my veins

"When lilacs last..." 5 1/2 by 7 watercolor, 140 pound d'Arches paper
Though April is afar off, the most powerful lines in American poetry never are, at least for those who write in love with the power and possibilities of our language.
"When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd,
And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night..."
Walt Whitman's elegy to President Lincoln is deep inside, his poetry and prose flowing through our veins, even when we don't always know it. 


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