Texts: Ezekiel 2:1-5 & Mark 6:1-13
It is a rare person who hasn’t at some point in their life experienced failure. Take for instance Walt Whitman. In 1855, Whitman gathered together twelve poems he had been working on and used what he had learned as a printer to self-publish a volume titled Leaves of Grass. The punctuation in the poems was erratic, with few commas or periods but an abundance of ellipses, and the content was unconventional, with some lines being straight-forward, while others were a challenge for a reader to understand. Reviewers who critiqued the poems condemned both them and their author. The critic for the Boston Intelligencer, called the book a “mass of bombast, egotism, vulgarity, and nonsense,” speculating that the author must be “some escaped lunatic, raving in pitiable delirium.” It is hard to believe now that Walt Whitman’s first volume of poetry was a disappointing failure.