April 5 Birthday: Bette Davis


THE untold want, by life and land ne’er granted,
Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.
–Walt Whitman
In one of her most famous films, Now, Voyager, Bette Davis plays a neglected woman who transforms her life. The novel’s writer Olive Higgins Prouty took her title from Whitman’s 2-line poem “The Untold Want” and also from “Now Finale to the Shore,” which includes the line, “Now Voyager depart! (much, much for thee is yet in store;).”
Bette Davis was, indeed, a voyager. So may we all be.
NOTE: In honor of National Poetry Month, each day a person’s birthday will be celebrated with a poem about or by him/her. The poems come from all over the place.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s