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Jean Toomer - A Certain Man

A certain man wishes to be a prince
Of this earth; he also wants to be
A saint and master of the being-world.
Conscience cannot exist in the first:
The second cannot exist without conscience.
Therefore he, who has enough conscience
To be disturbed but not enough to be
Compelled, can neither reject the one
Nor follow the other...

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Poet: Jean Toomer
Poem: A Certain Man
Poem of the Day: Jan 27 2006

Comment 42 of 42, added on April 11th, 2014 at 1:04 PM.
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PHILOMELACircuits of sun over classroom,kindergarten that will last a lteiifme –sweaters hung in rows in the cloakroom,cough drops in sticky pockets –and at last, it’s the blessed Hour of Art.Blunt-tip scissors and blank sheetsof paper. Poster paint, andcrayons stubbed and broken, but brightas jewels of the crown.One small girl squeals “here comethe easels!” A child’s gladdest hour,when she’s in love with color.But Teacher sits her head-downin the black canyon of Time-Out. No colors for this unpaintednight-bird, no plaint. Her fingers gripthe table’s wooden limb.

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Comment 41 of 42, added on October 15th, 2013 at 11:18 PM.
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Comment 40 of 42, added on October 15th, 2013 at 2:23 PM.
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