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Old 02-22-2012, 08:34 PM   #18
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This one struck me as I was reading it today. I believe he was speaking of a male lover, but the emotions and the humanity he describes are universal.

ARE YOU THE NEW PERSON DRAWN TOWARD ME?

Are you the new person drawn toward me?
To begin with take warning, I am surely far different from what
you suppose;
Do you suppose you will find in me your ideal?
Do you think it so easy to have me become your lover?

Do you think the friendship of me would be unalloy’d
satisfaction?
Do you think I am trusty and faithful?
Do you see no further than this fašade, this smooth and tolerant
manner of me?
Do you suppose yourself advancing on real ground toward a real
heroic man?
Have you no thought O dreamer that it may be all maya, illusion?

From Whitman, Walt (2011); Leaves of Grass - Death Bed Edition.

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