Today's Beautiful Gem: `O dreamer, it may be all maya or illusion!'
by Walt Whitman

"Are you the new person drawn toward me?
To begin with, take warning,
I am surely far different from what you suppose;
Do you suppose you will find in me your ideal?
Do you think it is so easy to have me become your lover?
Do you think the friendship of me would be unalloyed satisfaction?
Do you think I am trusty and faithful?
Do you see no further than this facade,
this smooth and tolerant manner of me?
Do you suppose yourself advancing on real ground
toward a real heroic man?
Have you no thought, O dreamer,
that it may be all maya, illusion?"

om s'aantih: Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao