Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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.

~ Juan Ramón Jiménez
translated by Robert Bly
photo by Frantisek Drtikol