I celebrate myself and sing myself

We spent quite a bit of time digging through several "chapters" from Whitman's "Song of Myself" in search of meaning, truth, inspiration, and polyamory. Whitman was a true lover of nature and humankind and would celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage and cry over the ongoing use of the confederate flag to divide our people.

In pairs and small groups we made self portraits in the spirit of the third line of the first stanza: "for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you." We were sure to work with different partners today and our results were equally serendipitous and profound - full of beauty and surprise.

In the second half of the day, Noa led a fantastic exercise in finding inspiration within oneself and then grappling with the question of how much to reveal, to conceal, and the act of control. After writing letters addressed to ourselves, we created envelopes for our letters. The results were far more sculptural than the USPS typically shuffles through their system.

Salome Milstead