Walt Whitman

(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States)

Not My Enemies Ever Invade Me


NOT my enemies ever invade me--no harm to my pride from them I fear;
But the lovers I recklessly love--lo! how they master me!
Lo! me, ever open and helpless, bereft of my strength!
Utterly abject, grovelling on the ground before them.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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