Posted by: Tom Triumph | December 1, 2009

64. I Sing, the Body Electric: Walt Whitman

The phrase “I sing, the body electric” just popped into my head. I looked it up, not remembering if it was Whitman or Langston Hughes.

My focus is on how we express being a BFF. Boys need physical contact, but only (hetero)sexual sexuality is acceptable. Or violence. Girls can still be close with other girls, but the pressure to date (and more) is there.

What does love mean?

How do they express love? Who do they love?

Whitman’s idea of soul and nourishment is important. Expect the tittering, but the conversation will last.

Return to it later.

I like that his loves are armies. Armies of love; what an image.

I Sing, the Body Electric
Walt Whitman

I SING the Body electric;
The armies of those I love engirth me, and I engirth them;
They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,
And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the Soul.

Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bodies conceal themselves;
And if those who defile the living are as bad as they who defile the dead?
And if the body does not do as much as the Soul?
And if the body were not the Soul, what is the Soul?

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