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We Are Many

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Of the many men whom I am, whom we are,
I cannot settle on a single one.
They are lost to me under the cover of clothing
They have departed for another city.

When everything seems to be set
to show me off as a man of intelligence,
the fool I keep concealed on my person
takes over my talk and occupies my mouth.

On other occasions, I am dozing in the midst
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Tyler Tracy 14 June 2007

This poem is awsome! !

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Smoky Hoss 29 December 2020

One of the truest poems ever wrote.

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Marina 06 June 2018

Know thyself said Socrates. It is the most difficult task for every one of us.

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Henrik Skensved 13 November 2016

In remembrance of Leonard Cohen who passed away this week, I listened to his Goin' home and pondered whether he is trying to express the same as Neruda does in the above wonderful poem on an attempted but alas failing rational approach to life and self.

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Putul S 03 October 2009

So typical of all of us! Very Beautifully expressed.

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Kentucky Refugee 29 May 2008

To what degree are we all 'split'? Are we not all multifaceted? The problem arises when the splits are unknown and unconscious.

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