I am the actor and the actress … . the voter . . the
The emigrant and the exile . . the criminal that stood in the
He who has been famous, and he who shall be famous after
The stammerer … . the wellformed person . . the wasted
or feeble person.
I am she who adorned herself and folded her hair expectantly,
My truant lover has come and it is dark.
Double yourself and receive me darkness,
Receive me and my lover too … . he will not let me go
I roll myself upon you as upon a bed … . I resign myself
to the dusk.
from “The Sleepers”
by Walt Whitman
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