Unfolded Out Of The Folds


  UNFOLDED out of the folds of the woman, man comes unfolded, and is
  always to come unfolded;
  Unfolded only out of the superbest woman of the earth, is to come the
  superbest man of the earth;
  Unfolded out of the friendliest woman, is to come the friendliest
  man;
  Unfolded only out of the perfect body of a woman, can a man be form'd
  of perfect body;
  Unfolded only out of the inimitable poem of the woman, can come the
  poems of man--(only thence have my poems come;)
  Unfolded out of the strong and arrogant woman I love, only thence can
  appear the strong and arrogant man I love;
  Unfolded by brawny embraces from the well-muscled woman I love, only
  thence come the brawny embraces of the man;
  Unfolded out of the folds of the woman's brain, come all the folds of
  the man's brain, duly obedient;
  Unfolded out of the justice of the woman, all justice is unfolded;
  Unfolded out of the sympathy of the woman is all sympathy: 10
  A man is a great thing upon the earth, and through eternity--but
  every jot of the greatness of man is unfolded out of woman,
  First the man is shaped in the woman, he can then be shaped in
  himself.

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