Walden Poetry

I’m going to do something very different. A while ago, I saw someone was picking words from each line every page of Infinite Jest and turning them into poems. I’m going to try to do the same, but with Walden. I’ll try it with one page to start and see how it goes. Try it with your favorite book!

Walden Poetry – Page 66

I went to the woods because
I wished to live deliberately,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach.
I did not wish to live what was not life.
I wanted to live deep
and suck out the marrow of life.

Still we live meanly, like ants,
like pygmies we fight with cranes.
Error upon error,
clout upon clout,
Our life is frittered away by detail.
Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!
Let your affairs be as two or three,
not a hundred or a thousand.

Simplify, simplify.

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