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Poem: I am not I by Juan Ramon Jimenez

Poem: I am not I by Juan Ramon Jimenez

Published: 05 January 2018

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.

 

Translated by Robert Bly