O Me! O Life!

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish
than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the
struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I
see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me
The question, O me! so sad, recurring–What good amid these,
O me, O life?


That you are here–that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

– Walt Whitman

Me in watercolor, by Carl. September 2011:

10 thoughts on “O Me! O Life!

  1. Paul says:

    Wow, clothes And blonde hair! I’d never have recognized you! Gorgeous!

    • artmodel says:

      Thank you Paul! So good to hear from you 🙂

      I have lightish brown highlights in my hair that artists sometimes enhance in their work. But as you know, I am definitely not a blonde! Brunette all the way.

      Hope things are well with you. Give my love to Nantucket!


  2. Fine rendering! To my eye Carl captured a little tenseness in this one too. Not the last June ‘I wanna work but things are slow and it’s hot anyway and so and so has an air conditioned studio!’ tenseness -but more of a, like your on holiday with your family and your looking out the screen door at your niece up in a tree and your shouting (As the old borsch circuit joke goes.); “Olivia! get down from there right now, if you fall out of that tree and break both legs, don’t come running to me!”

    Yes, more of that kinda tension. 🙂

  3. rob says:

    Those words of ww!! I think sometimes his phrases are difficult; he’s using a dated vocabulary, a nomenclature foreign to us but on the second reading I say: “wow!” His “answer” is exactly what we’ve got and it is enough!!…more than enough.
    You bees a cool lady!
    Picture is ok, I think…I want to draw you before you toss in the robe…I wish that were possible.

    • artmodel says:


      So happy you enjoyed the Whitman poem! True what you said about his language but he always manages to communicate his message in a strong, confident way.

      Thanks for your comments!


  4. Jennifer says:

    Great poem and illustration 🙂

  5. that. is. an awesome Whitman. and nice watercolor too

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