oh pioneer! – a personal project

the goal:

to put imagery to a poem. to practice storytelling of a different form, rather than tell the story of a orange county wedding day…to create a story from nothing but the words of a poet. the result is ‘oh pioneer! – a personal project.’

the poem:

Come my tan-faced children,
Follow well in order, get your weapons ready,
Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes?
Pioneers! O pioneers!

For we cannot tarry here,
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O you youths, Western youths,
So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship,
Plain I see you Western youths, see you tramping with the foremost,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Have the elder races halted?
Do they droop and end their lesson, wearied over there beyond the seas?
We take up the task eternal, and the burden and the lesson,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the past we leave behind,
We debouch upon a newer mightier world, varied world,
Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

–Walt Whitman

the results:


  • September 13, 2012 - 11:43 pm

    janie - ‘Fresh and strong the world we seize’…love the way you see it.
    Keep beating to your own drum. It sounds nice.ReplyCancel

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