A Favorite Poem – I Am Not I – Juan Ramon Jimenez


“I Am Not I”

BY JUAN RAMÓN JIMÉNEZ

TRANSLATED BY ROBERT BLY

“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.”
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Favorite Poems – Do You Know How Beautiful You Are?


Hafiz poem translated by Daniel Ladinsky….

Do you know how beautiful You are?

I think not, my dear.

For as you talk of God,
I see great parades with wildly colorful bands
Streaming from your mind and heart,
Carrying wonderful and secret messages
To every corner of this world.

I see saints bowing in the mountains
Hundreds of miles away
To the wonder of sounds
That break into light
From your most common words.

Speak to me of your mother,
Your cousins and your friends.

Tell me of squirrels and birds you know.
Awaken your legion of nightingales-
Let them soar wild and free in the sky

And begin to sing to God
Let’s all begin to sing to God!

Do you know how beautiful you are?

I think not, my dear.

Yet Hafiz
Could set you upon a Stage
And worship you forever!”