“The powerful play of life goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” The other night these words sprang from my TV. I knew it was a commercial but not for what product. I suspected the words were from something profound though I didn’t even know it was poetry.
But my good friend Google answered both questions. It was an Apple commercial for the new iPad Air. The words were from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.” The quoted lines are preceded by “The question, O me! So sad recurring- What good among these O me, O life?” Answer: That you are here – that life exists and identity. The powerful play of life goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”
The commercial is voiced by Robin Williams who in a scene in “Dead Poets Society” said, ”We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering – these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love – these are what we stay alive for.”
I had no idea I was going to write about poetry again. But there it was, and now I am wondering, “What will my verse be? What will your verse be?”
© Dorothy C. Judd
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