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                    Without a jot of ambition left I let my nature flow where it will. There are ten days of rice in my bag And, by the hearth, a bundle of firewood. Who prattles of illusion or nirvana? Forgetting the equal dusts of name and fortune, Listening to the night rain on the roof of my hut, I sit at ease, both legs stretched out. Ryokan (1757 - 1831)

                MIRACLES Why, who makes much of a miracle? As to me I know nothing else but miracles, Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan, Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses towards the sky, Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water, Or stand under trees in the woods, Or talk by day with any one I love, or sleep in the bed at night with any one I love, Or sit at table at dinner with the rest, Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car, Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon, Or animals feeding in the fields, Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air, Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so quiet and bright, Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring; These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles, The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place. To me every hour of light and dark is a miracle, Every cubic inch of space is a miracle, Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same, Every foot of the interior swarms with the same. To me the sea is a continual miracle, The fishes that swim - the rocks - the motion of the waves - the ships with men in them, What stranger miracles are there? WALT WHITMAN

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