Octavio Paz

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

The Street - Poem by Octavio Paz

Here is a long and silent street.
I walk in blackness and I stumble and fall
and rise, and I walk blind, my feet
trampling the silent stones and the dry leaves.
Someone behind me also tramples, stones, leaves:
if I slow down, he slows;
if I run, he runs I turn : nobody.
Everything dark and doorless,
only my steps aware of me,
I turning and turning among these corners
which lead forever to the street
where nobody waits for, nobody follows me,
where I pursue a man who stumbles
and rises and says when he sees me : nobody.

Comments about The Street by Octavio Paz

  • Britte Ninad (8/8/2018 12:35:00 AM)

    marvelously written this poem (Report) Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (3/2/2018 12:04:00 AM)

    Everything dark and door less,
    only my steps aware of me,

    What a great poem revealing the restless quest of someone who is even haunted by his own shadow.
    I had read such a theme in a novel, but the feeling as it is painted here was not that revealing.
    Thanks great poet for such a skillful art.
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  • Susan Williams (3/1/2018 4:05:00 PM)

    What a twisting and turning frightening tale of a man haunted by himself. Reading master poets like this puts us in our place and leave us nothing to do but strive harder to paint our scenery and paint our story (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/1/2018 3:18:00 PM)

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

  • Seamus O Brian (3/1/2018 9:50:00 AM)

    The reader is slowly drawn hesitatingly into this piece by the dark and uncertain mood. What are we observing here, in this late hour, upon this lonely street? Our understanding unfolds even as the subject's understanding unfolds. We finally realize we are watching a desperate man being chased by, and chasing after: himself. Truly a striking work of art utilizing mood, imagery, incisive vocabulary to impart a compelling and dramatic message. (Report) Reply

  • Nudershada Cabanes (3/1/2018 3:48:00 AM)

    A poem of suspense with a dark mood.wonderfully crafted. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/1/2018 1:31:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Octavio Paz👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Josey Alfred (12/21/2017 7:34:00 AM)

    Awakened conscious is a ghost when you are lonely. Well written. Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • (3/11/2016 10:25:00 AM)

    Chilling and wonderful (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010

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