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That Shadow My Likeness
by Walt Whitman
from “Calamus” in Leaves of Grass, 1881

That shadow my likeness that goes to and fro seeking a livelihood, chattering, chaffering,
How often I find myself standing and looking at it where it flits,
How often I question and doubt whether that is really me;
But among my lovers and caroling these songs,
O I never doubt whether that is really me.


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