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Me Imperturbe

Walt Whitman 1819 (West Hills) – 1892 (Camden)


  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 in 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, accidents, rebuffs, as
  the trees and animals do.

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Walt Whitman

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