Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Noble Dream - But Can The Dream Survive Reality?

Fig. 1. Robert Frank - Parade (Hoboken, New Jersey), 1955

Aboard At A Ship's Helm

Aboard at a ship's helm,
A young steersman steering with care.

Through fog on a sea-coast dolefully ringing,
An ocean-bell - O a warning bell, rock'd by the waves.

O you give good notice indeed, you bell by the sea-reefs ringing,
Ringing, ringing, to warn the ship from its wreck-place.

For as on the alert O steersman, you mind the loud admonition,
The bows turn, the freighted ship tacking speeds away under her gray sails,
The beautiful and noble ship with all her precious wealth speeds
away gayly and safe.

But O the ship, the immortal ship! O ship aboard the ship!
Ship of the body, ship of the soul, voyaging, voyaging, voyaging.

Walt Whitman

Addendum #1: The Torch And The Task Have Been Passed To A New Generation

Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream speech (in full), August 28, 1963

Addendum #2: Ms Tanya Walters And The GYO (Click image to visit the GYO website.)

Addendum #3: A Rock Anthem Turning Twenty-One At, Surely, The Perfect Time

The Patti Smith Group - People Have The Power, 1988