Trippers and askers surround me,
People I meet….the effect upon me of my early life….of the ward and city I live in….of the nation,
The latest news….discoveries, inventions, societies….authors old and new,
My dinner, dress, associates, looks, business, compliments, dues,
The real or fancied indifference of some man or woman I love,
The sickness of one of my folks—or of myself….or ill-doing….or loss or lack of money….or depressions or exaltations,
They come to me days and nights and go from me again,
But they are not the Me myself.