Thursday, April 12, 2007

Musicians to come!

I was cleaning one of my files of old stuff tonight and came across my Senior Percussion Recital program at TTU, from 8 years ago next week. On the back of the program was a poem "Poets to Come" by Walt Whitman. This has always been inspirational to me and now that I'm headed back to school it is yet again an inspiration. Here it is, I hope you like it.

Poets to come! orators, singers, musicians to come!
Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for,
But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental, greater than before known,
Arouse! For you must justify me.

I myself but write one or two indicative words for the future,
I but advance a moment only to wheel and hurry back in the darkness.

I am a man who, sauntering along without fully stopping, turns a casual look upon you and then averts his face,
Leaving it to you to prove and define it,
Expecting the man things from you.

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