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POEM OF THE DAY -- Are you the New Person Drawn Toward Me?

Are you the New Person Drawn Toward Me?

By Walt Whitman

ARE you the new person drawn toward me?
To begin with, take warning—I am surely far differ-
ent 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
Do you think the friendship of me would be unalloy'd
Do you think I am trusty and faithful?

Do you see no further than this fa├žade—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?

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