American poet Walt Whitman (pictured above) wrote eloquently about the joy of being clothes free (See below). Following Walt Whitman’s lead on expressing the joy of being clothes free we were excited to present the entries for the second annual Clothe Free Poetry Contest. There were four times as many entries for the poetry contest this year than last. Thank you to all the entrants who participated bringing a clothes free representation to National Poetry Month. To read the entries visit this page.
To vote for an entry click on the title then scroll to the end of the poem and give it 1-5 stars. The poem with the highest rating (number of stars) will be the winner. Voting will continue through May 5
As I walk’d slowly over the grass, the sun shone out enough to show the shadow moving with me. Somehow I seem’d to get identity with each and every thing around me, in its condition Nature was naked, and I was also. It was too lazy, soothing, and joyous-equable to speculate about. Yet I might have thought somehow in this vein: Perhaps the inner never lost rapport we hold with earth, light, air, trees, &c., is not to be realized through eyes and mind only, but through the whole corporeal body, which I will not have blinded or bandaged any more than the eyes. Sweet, sane, still Nakedness in Nature!—ah if poor, sick, prurient humanity in cities might really know you once more! Is not nakedness then indecent? No, not inherently. It is your thought, your sophistication, your fear, your respectability, that is indecent. There come moods when these clothes of ours are not only too irksome to wear, but are themselves indecent. Perhaps indeed he or she to whom the free exhilarating extasy of nakedness in Nature has never been eligible (and how many thousands there are!) has not really known what purity is—nor what faith or art or health really is. (Probably the whole curriculum of first-class philosophy, beauty, heroism, form, illustrated by the old Hellenic race—the highest height and deepest depth known to civilization in those departments—came from their natural and religious idea of Nakedness.)
Excerpt from A Sun-Bath—Nakedness by