In April 2011, I was an artist in residence at West Nottingham Academy
in NE Maryland. I completed this mural on a barn at Rumbleway Farm in the
nearby town of Conowingo. The poem I used on this mural is from Walt Whitman's Song of Myself (1855):
I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd,
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
So they show their relations to me and I accept them.
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