poet Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz

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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.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010
Poem Edited: Thursday, November 3, 2011

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (9/3/2020 11:36:00 PM)

    'The Modern Poem of the Day' - this poem certainly deserves the honor! Congratulations to the poet, posthumously!
    'I find myself in the middle of an eye,
    watching myself in its blank stare.' - These two lines cannot have a parallel. Outstanding!

    'The moment scatters. Motionless,
    I stay and go: I am a pause.' - What a beautiful end to the poem! A masterly mark!

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (9/3/2020 11:00:00 PM)

    to this earth everyone comes and goes, everyone does everything according to own mind satisfaction- maybe someone unable to do accordingly. But this is the life where sometimes this feelings come that it's a recycling circle of this whole universe; greatly written this poem

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (9/3/2020 11:00:00 PM)

    All is visible and all elusive,
    all is near and can’t be touched.
    ....
    Time throbbing in my temples repeats
    the same unchanging syllable of bIood.....Ow fantastically crafted the pure feelings of life, death, earth, time and peoples mental condition;

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (9/3/2020 11:24:00 AM)

    Found this poem has been selected as the modern poem of the poem of the day for second time. Congratulations.

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (9/3/2020 9:43:00 AM)

    Beautiful! So refreshingly reflective and eloquent in its expressions. Between come and go we are a pause.......

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  • Kenneth MaswabiKenneth Maswabi (9/3/2020 4:47:00 AM)

    Beautiful words that illuminate the poet's theatre of the mind...Thank you for sharing.

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  • Paul BrookesPaul Brookes (9/3/2020 12:35:00 AM)

    This is superb a poem of such expressiveness yes the pause the between states great write from a great poet.

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (9/3/2020 12:23:00 AM)

    This is very outstanding so brilliantly crafted I am speechless 10++++

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  • Poetic SkyPoetic Sky (8/28/2020 3:04:00 PM)

    Awesome
    Paper, book, pencil, glass,
    rest in the shade of their names

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  • 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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

    absolutely loving the imagery and depth of this poem

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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++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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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!

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

    between coming and going slight leisure time - this is life///

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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

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

    when was this poem published

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