Sunday, April 27, 2008

waiting for the great leap forward

I Hear America Singing

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics—each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work;
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat—the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck;
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench—the hatter singing as he stands;
The wood-cutter’s song—the ploughboy’s, on his way in the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
The delicious singing of the mother—or of the young wife at work—or of the girl sewing or washing—
Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;
The day what belongs to the day—
At night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) poet, essayist, and humanist
(from Leaves of Grass, 1900)

click here for billy bragg singing 'waiting for the great leap forward' on the henry rollins show (give it 20 seconds for the song)

photo: street mural off detroit avenue (near CPT), speaking of CPT - I took this picture when I went to see a performance there friday night. if you're in cleveland with nothing to do between now and may third, check out the current production - in the continuum - a powerful piece of theater exploring the personal and social devastation of AIDS. the play centers on the lives of two women - one in the u.s. and one in zimbabwe - as they deal with the news of learning that they are HIV positve. amazing performances by two women who play a score of roles.


Steve Reed said...

Beautiful mural - definintely seems kind of proletarian, doesn't it? And you sure can't go wrong with Whitman. :)

Unknown said...

"in Cleveland with nothing to do!" why i'd never run out of things to do. Do they still have the giant eyeball at the health museum? I love that.

Great mural, seriously.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

steve - workers of the world unit!! I do believe I was a wobbly in a previous life (with serious post life residual, eh?) whitman rocks!

ms phd - alas the health museum is closed at the end of 2006 because of financial problems. I thought it had more potential than it actually ever achieved --as is with so much of life - n'est-ce pas? think the empire (ccf) has taken over the space. I never run out of things to do here! in fact as a transplant, I am one hell of a cleveland booster - which surprises me no end had a bit of a coastal snobbishness before I moved here, but folks do consider cleveland as the 'north coast' so I can maintain the illusion! if you ever make it to cleveland you can count on me to be a not your typical tour guide!

R.L. Bourges said...

such a mural! wow. and perfect with the Whitman, mouse. bravo à toi.

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

The mural could pass for my neighborhood. Nice quote from Walt. Did you see the American Experience doc on him a couple of weeks ago?

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.