„I myself, from the very beginning,
Seemed to myself like someone's dream or delirium
Or a reflection in someone else's mirror,
Without flesh, without meaning, without a name.
Already I knew the list of crimes
That I was destined to commit.“

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Russian modernist poet 1889 - 1966

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Card I : The Magician http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot/sot/sot02.htm
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