Poetic inspiration

February 7, 2008 | Original NSS

I will admit right up front that I am not a poetry connoisseur, but every once in a while I read a poem that stops me in my tracks. This one, by Juan Ramón Jiménez, is one of those poems:

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

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