Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Classic

Clear your throat and get your barbaric yawlp ready to go.
Climb up on your desk and stand tall, stand for something.

O Captain! My Captain!
Walt Whitman

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and
   But O heart! heart! heart!
      O the bleeding drops of red,
          Where on the deck my Captain lies,
              Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up--for you the flag is flung--for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribboned wreaths--for you the shores
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces
    Here Captain! dear father!
      The arm beneath your head!
        It is some dream that on the deck,
          You've fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father doesn ont feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchored safe and sound, its voyage closed and
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won:
      Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
        But I with mournful tread,
           Walk the deck my Captain lies,
               Fallen cold and dead.

Ah, the power of words...