Song of the Open Road

March 22, 2015

March is the month of the open road for Gould. During this month Gould students will have travelled to Iceland, Tanzania, China, Ecuador, and Spain. They have travelled as part of the Four Point Program, visiting schools and staying with families, to study language, compete, and make music.

There’s so much we hope this travel will do for our students; I’m going to borrow a stanza from Walt Whitman’s Song of The Open Road to describe our hopes better than I ever could.

I look forward to seeing us all back together in a few weeks.

Enjoy Mr. Whitman.


From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines,

Going where I list, my own master total and absolute,

Listening to others, considering well what they say,

Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,

Gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me,

I inhale great draughts of space,

The east and the west are mine, and the north and the south are mine,


I am larger, better than I thought,

I did not know I held so much goodness,




All seems beautiful to me,

I can repeat over to men and women You have done so much good to me I would do the same to you,

I will recruit for myself and you as I go,

I will scatter myself among men and women as I go,

I will toss a new gladness and roughness among them,

Whoever denies me it shall not trouble me,

Whoever accepts me he or she shall be blessed and shall bless me.



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