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in plain air 171
Toad Sweat
... Self
the sly continuator; peevish; writhing
knot of fl at-eyed appetites,
no one of which ever notices
the others it's tangled with; old
shapelessness, incessantly bringing on
disorderly assemblies of shapes;
busy attractor of swarms
of gnat-miseries with its sweat; deep
well of pity for its own plights
and tireless accumulator of grievances; infl amed
and swollen with the merit
so gained, with gleeful resentment
concealing its own indestructible
talent for moderate happiness; constantly
aching to be changed into now this
now that icon of calm felicity