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Clef Poem.

15 — Clef Poem.

THIS night I am happy, As I watch the stars shining, I think a  
 thought of the clef of the universes, and  
 of the future.
What can the future bring me more than I have? Do you suppose I wish to enjoy life in other  
I say distinctly I comprehend no better sphere  
 than this earth,
I comprehend no better life than the life of my  
I do not know what follows the death of my body, But I know well that whatever it is, it is best for  
And I know well that what is really Me shall live  
 just as much as before.
I am not uneasy but I shall have good housing to  
11*   [ begin page 250 ]ppp.00237.258.jpg But this is my first—how can I like the rest any  
Here I grew up—the studs and rafters are grown  
 parts of me.
I am not uneasy but I am to be beloved by young  
 and old men, and to love them the same,
I suppose the pink nipples of the breasts of women  
 with whom I shall sleep will taste the same  
 to my lips,
But this is the nipple of a breast of my mother,  
 always near and always divine to me, her  
 true child and son.
I suppose I am to be eligible to visit the stars, in  
 my time,
I suppose I shall have myriads of new experiences  
 —and that the experience of this earth will  
 prove only one out of myriads;
But I believe my body and my soul already  
 indicate those experiences,
And I believe I shall find nothing in the stars  
 more majestic and beautiful than I have  
 already found on the earth,
And I believe I have this night a clue through  
 the universes,
And I believe I have this night thought a thought  
 of the clef of eternity.
A vast similitude interlocks all,   [ begin page 251 ]ppp.00237.259.jpg All spheres, grown, ungrown, small, large, suns,  
 moons, planets, comets, asteroids,
All the substances of the same, and all that is  
 spiritual upon the same,
All distances of place, however wide, All distances of time—all inanimate forms, All souls—all living bodies, though they be in  
 different worlds,
All gaseous, watery, vegetable, mineral processes,  
 the fishes, the brutes,
All men and women—me also, All nations, colors, barbarisms, civilizations, lan- 
All identities that have existed or may exist on  
 this globe or any globe,
All lives and deaths—all of past, present, future, This vast similitude spans them, and always has  
 spanned, and shall forever span them.
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