Oceans

by Juan Ramon Jimenez

English version by Robert Bly
Original Language Spanish

     I have a feeling that my boat
has struck, down there in the depths,
against a great thing.
                    And nothing
happens! Nothing...Silence...Waves...

     --Nothing happens? Or has everything happened,
and are we standing now, quietly, in the new life?

-- from News of the Universe: Poems of Twofold Consciousness, Edited by Robert Bly

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

I was introduced to this poem several years ago by Silvine Farnell (deeperintopoetry.com). And its words are still with me.

The poem is just a bit haunting, isn't it? It speaks to us of depths and a hidden "great thing." How the most momentous encounter with mystery is mute. Silent. As if nothing happens.

Or has everything happened,
and are we standing now, quietly, in the new life?



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Oceans