Sunday, 23 December 2012

echoes : octavio paz

late autumn hipstamatic Hampstead Heath trees

Between Going And Coming

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. 

Octavio Paz was a Mexican writer whose influences included surrealism and Aztec mythology. See the 1991 interview in The Paris Review for more about his ideas and amazing life, or read his epic poem based around the Aztec Calendar Stone, Sun Stone.


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  2. Thanks so much Mick - really very much appreciated! And I'm just about to get my copy of the Berberian soundtrack - can't wait!