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Juan Ramón Jiménez

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.

— Juan Ramón Jiménez, “I Am Not I,” Lorca and Jiménez: Selected Poems. Translation by Robert Bly. (Beacon Press; First Edition edition April 30, 1997)

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