O Me! O Life!


O ME! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless--of cities fill'd with the
foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I,
and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light--of the objects mean--of the
struggle ever renew'd;
Of the poor results of all--of the plodding and sordid crowds I see
around me;
Of the empty and useless years of the rest--with the rest me
intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring--What good amid these, O me, O
life?

Answer.

That you are here--that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

by Walt Whitman

Comments (5)

Yes that is all we can do. Contribute a verse.....
Everyone can contribute a verse if God's willing...O me! :)
This is the ultimate Walt Whitman...it says it all. The man seems to be able to put an optimistic, positive twist on everything.
indeed it is beautiful and not only that very inspiring too...i think this is the best poem hes ever written or i guess its only because i can relate to it more than with any of the others....! anyways reading this made my day..! ! .
Beautiful! ! ! ! Thats what i uttered when i read it.... Uncle Walt you are the best! !