Jean Toomer

(26 December 1894 – 30 March 1967 / Washington D.C.)

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...

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Rookie Kentucky Refugee (3/6/2008 1:07:00 AM)

    Driving down the road, uncertain of which fork to follow, at a certain point, ambivalence drives you right into the ditch. (Report) Reply

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