Sunday, February 16, 2014

Juan Ramón Jiménez: "I Am Not I"

                                 I am not I.
                                                     I am this one
                                 walking beside me whom I do not see,
                                 whom at times I manage to visit,
                                 and whom at other times I forget;
                                 who remains calm and silent while I talk,
                                 and forgives, gently, when I hate,
                                 who walks where I am not,
                                 who will remain standing when I die.

"I Am Not I" by Juan Ramón Jiménez, from Lorca and Jimenez: Selected Poems. Translated from the Spanish by Robert Bly. © Beacon Press, 1973.

Image credit: Untitled painting in a series titled "I Am Not I," by Mark Horst (originally color).


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