Octavio Paz

(March 31, 1914 – April 19, 1998 / Mexico City)

Between Going And Coming

Poem by 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.


Comments about Between Going And Coming by Octavio Paz

  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (9/3/2019 10:58:00 AM)

    To and fro! ! ! The day wavers along.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (9/3/2019 9:26:00 AM)

    The moment scatters, Motionless
    I stay and go, I am a pause" .
    Excellent expression deserving modern poem of the Day.(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (9/3/2019 7:14:00 AM)

    First, since Paz wrote in Spanish, the translator should be credited. As to what’s posted here, I never had a notion to represent a pause, and if I did, I don’t know that much of what I would choose would resemble what Paz uses. But I find his images appealing and most relate to the last two stanzas. -GK(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (9/3/2019 5:18:00 AM)

    I find myself in the middle of an eye,
    watching myself in its blank stare.......psychologically sound. A beautiful poem is amazingly shared. It is nice that this poem has been selected as modern poem thrice of the poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (9/3/2019 4:52:00 AM)

    everything is
    in nothing! ! !

    again

    nothing is
    in everything! ! !

    illusion
    delusion
    born from dead; dies on birth!(Report)Reply

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  • Mwenyeji SpikesMwenyeji Spikes (9/3/2019 2:27:00 AM)

    absolutely loving the imagery and depth of this poem(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/26/2019 12:59:00 AM)

    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.


    great wrote
    great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Madhabi BanerjeeMadhabi Banerjee (1/16/2019 11:03:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem.well penned I stay and go I am a pause.... marvelous!(Report)Reply

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (11/12/2018 9:31:00 PM)

    between coming and going slight leisure time - this is life///(Report)Reply

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  • Anthony Mary jones (8/3/2018 10:42:00 AM)

    I honestly do not understand this poem. Plz can anyone explain(Report)Reply

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  • Unidentified (2/18/2018 1:20:00 PM)

    when was this poem published(Report)Reply

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  • Naida Nepascua SupnetNaida Nepascua Supnet (12/2/2017 12:23:00 AM)

    Nice.... it makes me think of my life and my decisions.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (6/11/2017 6:07:00 AM)

    Beautiful poetry about life.
    The light turns the indifferent wall
    into a ghostly theater of reflections... is very nice.(Report)Reply

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  • Nicco Muegge (7/28/2016 12:07:00 AM)

    So well articulated! Makes me want to continue my own work!(Report)Reply

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  • Miguel M. Matias (3/6/2016 7:15:00 AM)

    Hello, I'm a filmmaker and I'm looking for the person that made this recording. Please contact me at info@tangiblematter.com. Thank you!(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/30/2015 1:32:00 PM)

    Lovely lines: The moment scatters. Motionless,
    I stay and go: I am a pause.(Report)Reply

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (11/17/2014 6:05:00 AM)

    Nice poem, but it was also chosen as poem of the day on November 17,2012 and November 17,2013.
    Poem Hunter, please have some of your humans (if you have any at the website) actually read some of the recent poems and start choosing new ones for poem of the day instead of letting your computers do it.(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/10/2014 9:52:00 AM)

    The moment scatters motionless.......how beautiful to it read is beyond expression. Great.(Report)Reply

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  • Deebie Walt (4/1/2014 2:11:00 PM)

    u guys need help omg u sound like shakespier(Report)Reply

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  • Paul BrookesPaul Brookes (11/17/2013 9:32:00 AM)

    Great poem Sad he's a member of the dead poets society I would have liked to have know him. BB(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010

Poem Edited: Thursday, November 3, 2011


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