Wednesday, June 27, 2007

My Walt Whitman Box

My Walt Whitman Box (top view)

My Walt Whitman Box (front view). On the other side of the photograph is a mirror, and this photo/mirror part of the box rotates.

My Walt Whitman Box (Back View). The mirror part of the box can be turned around and the other photo will be showing (upside down).


As soon as I saw the box ($1) at Goodwill, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it: it would become my Walt Whitman box. I'd just been reading Whitman, and I felt close to his ideas. When Whitman says, "I celebrate myself," he is also saying that he celebrates me (actually all, everything, the cosmos). I love that I have a mirror on one side and Whitman's "Christ" photo on the other. I can rotate that piece of the box and see my face, Whitman's face, my face, and the boundaries of time and distance fade away. I can also allow the master poet to show me the importance of writing. The going gets hard sometimes: it's nice to have Walt sitting beside me. (The box sits on a desk that I hand-painted a few years ago that also came from Goodwill).


emmapeelDallas said...

Very nice, and I love the desk that it's sitting on! Gotta love Goodwill...


Erin said...

This box is so fantastic! What will you put in the drawers?

Theresa Williams said...

Erin, I'm not sure yet what I'll keep in the drawers. It's a small box. My first thought was to keep paper clips and push pins in it, but maybe I'll get more ideas as time goes along.

ggw07 said...

re. "The going gets hard sometimes"
Thank you for sharing this as many great writers concur. The writing desk and box are beautiful reflections of you.

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