“Flood-tide below me! I see you face to face!”
So begins Walt Whitman’s epic mid-19th-century poem “Crossing the Brooklyn Ferry,” about one man’s journey from Manhattan to Brooklyn at the end of a working day – a trek recreated annually by Poets House over the Brooklyn Bridge.
On Monday, Bill Murray joined the walk for its 20th anniversary. And the self-described poetry fan remarked on the evocative tradition – in particular, the reading of the Whitman poem on the Brooklyn side of the bridge after the crossing.
“It’s beautiful to read with all of it happening right in front of your eyes,” the actor, 64, told the New York Daily News.
The former Saturday Night Live star has been involved with Poets House for a number of years, and has read poetry at several of the nonprofit’s events.
He told WPIX-TV on Monday that he used to write poetry when he was younger. “And everything rhymed!” he joked.
Standing on the Manhattan side of the bridge, he also recalled a famous movie he shot in the area three decades ago.
“We shot a scene for Ghostbusters right over here in this crazy courtroom building,” he said. “That was fun. That was a Sunday morning with no traffic, and we blocked the streets with that crazy car. And we just ran red lights and ran around in circles in that car.”