Leaves of Grass (1881-82)
LAWS FOR CREATIONS.
|For strong artists and leaders, for fresh broods of teachers and
perfect literats for America,
|For noble savans and coming musicians.
|All must have reference to the ensemble of the world, and the
compact truth of the world,
|There shall be no subject too pronounced—all works shall illus-
trate the divine law of indirections.
|What do you suppose creation is?
|What do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and
own no superior?
|What do you suppose I would intimate to you in a hundred ways,
but that man or woman is as good as God?
|And that there is no God any more divine than Yourself?
|And that that is what the oldest and newest myths finally mean?
|And that you or any one must approach creations through such