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Me Imperturbe


ME imperturbe, standing at ease in Nature, Master of all, or mistress of all—aplomb in the midst  
 of irrational things,
Imbued as they—passive, receptive, silent as they, Finding my occupation, poverty, notoriety, foibles,  
 crimes, less important than I thought;
Me private, or public, or menial, or solitary—all these  
 subordinate, (I am eternally equal with the  
 best—I am not subordinate;)
Me toward the Mexican Sea, or in the Mannahatta,  
 or the Tennessee, or far north, or inland,
A river-man, or a man of the woods, or of any farm- 
 life of These States, or of the coast, or the  
 lakes, or Kanada,
Me, wherever my life is lived, O to be self-balanced  
 for contingencies!
O to confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, acci- 
 dents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do.
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