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Calamus 16

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.


1WHO is now reading this? 2May-be one is now reading this who knows some  
 wrong-doing of my past life,
Or may-be a stranger is reading this who has secretly  
 loved me,
Or may-be one who meets all my grand assumptions  
 and egotisms with derision,
Or may-be one who is puzzled at me.
31   [ begin page 362 ]ppp.01500.370.jpg 3As if I were not puzzled at myself! Or as if I never deride myself! (O conscience-struck!  
 O self-convicted!)
Or as if I do not secretly love strangers! (O tenderly,  
 a long time, and never avow it;)
Or as if I did not see, perfectly well, interior in  
 myself, the stuff of wrong-doing,
Or as if it could cease transpiring from me until it  
 must cease.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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