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June 1, 2010
STEPHEN CRANE, BR#24

I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
Round and round they sped.
I was disturbed at this;
I accosted the man.
"It is futile," I said,
"You can never-"
"You lie," he cried,
And ran on.

When I was young and first read this verse I was inspired, confident I would spend my life as that man accosting others, aware they were lost, getting wrath as my reward. Today, when I consider my favorite verse, I cannot help but feel I am the one pursuing the horizon, although I've come to expect no stranger to care enough to stop me.