LET US CREATE AN IDEAL WORLD
A response to “Song of Myself” from LEAVES OF GRASS by Walt Whitman
I was pleased to read, for our course this week, the poetry by the outstanding American writer Walt Whitman. Until now I have never read any kind of poetry that deeply disclosed the theme about life, the tremendous connection between humanity and nature, the creations of God. According to his poems I can characterize him as a great writer who really loved life; who was against race, gender and social discrimination; he wanted to prove to humanity that all human beings were created by the same God; all of them are equal in spite of their race, gender and social position; he wanted to provoke in our hearts real feelings of love for each other; the sense of caring, sharing and helping in order to fight hate and destroying each other; he wanted to protect our Earth and all the beings that live on it in spite of whether they are good or bad. Because Earth hasn’t a tongue to say how we hurt it.
Our future, the future of our children and even the future of the whole world depends on our actions and relationships, that is, everything that will happen in the future is in our hands. Every clever person should be more attentive to each of his actions because any small action can change the whole world. And therefore let us think about the problems that we have; let us try to solve them without hurting each other, without destroying and hurting nature; without polluting fresh air, pure water; without killing each other. We are all from the same world; we all have the same feelings, pains, the same body parts, the same dreams, we all breathe the same oxygen….
Let us create an ideal world where there is no place for discrimination according to race, nation and religion;
Let us stop the terrorism;
Let us stop the wars;
Let us live in freedom and peace;
Let us dream about wonderful, good and magic things;
Let us try to realize them together.
Elvira Esenova, student, Arabaev University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
20 February 2015
From WarrenHall Crain: Elvira is a student in the American Poetry course I teach at Arabaev University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Here is my response to her:
Elvira, your essay, which you read in class yesterday, is the most thoughtful and beautiful essay which I, as your professor in our American Poetry course, have received this quarter. It mirrors Kiran Verma’s vision (WHICH YOU HAD NOT YET READ). In your words, I “dream about wonderful, good and magic things; Let us try to realize them together.”
20 February 2015