Between What I See and What I Say. . .
for Roman Jakobson
Between what I see and what I say,
between what I say and what I keep silent,
between what I keep silent and what I dream,
between what I dream and what I forget:
between yes and no,
what I keep silent,
what I say,
what I forget.
It is not speech:
it is an act.
It is an act
speaks and listens:
And as soon as I say
it is real,
Is it then more real?
comes and goes
between what is
and what is not.
and unweaves reflections.
scatters eyes on a page,
scatters words on our eyes.
what we say,
the body of an idea.
the words open.
by Octavio Paz
from A Tree Within
Translated from the Spanish by Eliot Weinberger
March 12 George Berkeley (British, born 1685)
March 14 Maurice Merleau-Ponty (French, born 1908)
March 18 G.E.M. Anscombe (British, born 1919)
March 23 Edward Caird (Scottish, born 1835)
March 24 Antonio Rosmini (Italian, born 1797)
March 31 Rene Descartes (French, born 1596)