That inescapable animal walks with me,

Has followed me since the black womb held, 
Moves where I move, distorting my gesture, 
A caricature, a swollen shadow, 
A stupid clown of the spirit's motive, 
Perplexes and affronts with his own darkness, 
The secret life of belly and bone. 

"The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me"
Delmore Schwartz