I exist as I am, that is enough
If no other in the world be aware, I sit content
And if each and all be aware I sit content.
Whoever degrades another degrades me…
and whatever is done or said,
returns at last to me,
And whatever I do or say I also return.
The pleasures of heaven are with me,
and the pains of hell are will me,
The first I graft and increase upon myself..
the latter I translate into a new tongue.
I am the poet of the woman the same as the man,
And I say it is great to be a woman as to be a man.
And I say there is nothing greater than the mother of men.
And as to you life, I reckon you are the leavings of many deaths,
No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before.