(poem of the day) Between Going and Staying the Day Wavers by Octavio Paz

Between Going and Staying the Day Wavers

Octavio Paz

Between going and staying the day wavers,
in love with its own transparency.
The circular afternoon is now a bay
where the world in stillness rocks.

All is visible and all elusive,
all is near and can’t be touched.

Paper, book, pencil, glass,
rest in the shade of their names.

Time throbbing in my temples repeats
the same unchanging syllable of blood.

The light turns the indifferent wall
into a ghostly theater of reflections.

I find myself in the middle of an eye,
watching myself in its blank stare.

The moment scatters. Motionless,
I stay and go: I am a pause.

Video of Paz reading this poem.

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2 thoughts on “(poem of the day) Between Going and Staying the Day Wavers by Octavio Paz

  1. Judith Post says:

    The poems you find are beautiful. Eloquent.

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