Afoot and Lighthearted
Several years ago I created a newsletter, Afoot and Lighthearted. (Many reading this will recognize the words, "Afoot and lighthearted" as the opening of Whitman's great poem, Song of the Open Road). The newsletter, sent free to about 150 people around the country, had the purpose of informing readers about the latest engagements of PURE GRASS as well as related news about other people's creative efforts to bring Whitman's spirit to contemporary audiences. This page will eventually replace the hard copy format of the newsletter but will retain the same mission of the newsletter.
Song of the Open Road
Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.