From The Libertarian Labyrinth
For the Public
- I, the Individual, am unit of all things;
- Figure 1 of the universal multiplication table;
- Atom, without which naught could be;
- Habitant of the earth, of the moon, of the stars— citizen of the cosmos;
- On the wing from whence to whither.
- A son of the glorious sun;
- Brother of the sea and of the land and of the air,
- And of the quick of the air of the land and of the sea;
- Kin to the mountains, valleys, forests and deserts;
- Cog in the wheels of the universe, fitting other cogs to make the whole go round.
- The rain is my tears,
- The gray day my gloom,
- The sunshine my smile,
- The thunder my threat,
- The raging storm my wrath,
- The zephyrs and the calm and the warmth my moods of love;
- And my savagery the cold-hearted snow,
- The iron-fisted ice,
- The frown-fronted frost,
- The ruthless glacier grinding the world to evolutionary grist.
- I am no greater than a pismire, no less than a whirling sphere:
- Am as rough as the Alps, smooth as water at rest,
- Unrelenting and resistless as the tides,
- Kind and forgiving as a sister of charity.
- I am unlike anything else in the world, make up the world;
- And who takes no account of me leaves all else out.
- In my realm I am sovereign—king in a democracy of kings!
JOSEPH A. LABADIE.
Source: The Public, XI (Nov 6, 1908), p. 760.