809 – A Poem by Octavio Paz With Translation

 

Hermandad

Homenaje a Claudio Ptolomeo

Soy hombre: duro poco
y es enorme la noche.
Pero miro hacia arriba:
las estrellas escriben.
Sin entender comprendo:
también soy escritura
y en este mismo instante
alguien me deletrea.

-Octavio Paz

Brotherhood

Homage to Claudius Ptolemy

I am a man: little do I last
and the night is enormous.
But I look up:
the stars write.
Unknowing I understand:
I too am written,
and at this very moment
someone spells me out.

Quote Number:  575

Source:

Spanish: Paz, Octavio. “Hermandad: Homenaje a Claudio Ptolomeo.” In Árbol adentro. Seix Barral: Barcelona. 1987. Pg 37.

English: Paz, Octavio. “Brotherhood: Homage to Claudius Ptolemy.” In A Tree Within. Eliot Weinberger, translator. New Directions Publishing: New York. 1988. Pg 29. Online Here.

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