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The city sounds became part of this man…The early morning sounds of the city

garbage trucks, the ugly smell of piss smell elevators of the projects, the empty

wine bottles that filled the courtyard. Sounds of neighborhood children screaming

laughing and playing the dozens became part of him. The winos who panhandled

on the street corners became part of him. The nodding heroin junkies throwing up,

begging for that next fix became part of him. The pimps riding up and down the

street in those long and lavish looking cars became part of him. The mother

preparing oatmeal, toast hurrying up that child off to school became part of him.

The in-school antics putting thumbtacks in the teacher’s chair, trying to peek under

the lady teacher’s skirt, sneaking out of class became part of him.

-Kevin B., Oakland, CA

Reaching for Recovery

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction Since 1969.

Renowned American poet, Walt Whitman, described how the human soul is either scarred or enhanced by its environment in his wonderful poem, There Was a Child Went Forth. Although Whitman wrote the poem in 1855, it is a very contemporary thought on how environment and the importance of childhood affect the adult human being. We encourage the residents to put their own voice into the structure of Whitman’s masterpiece. Here is one of our examples.

There was a child went forth every day,

And the first object he look’d upon, that object he became,

And that object became part of him for the day

or a certain part of the day,

Or for many years or stretching cycles of years.

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There Was a Child Went Forth

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