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 am now standing quietly, in my new life?

–Juan Ramon Jimenez (translated by Robert Bly)

I memorized this poem twenty years ago. Even with all of the recitations I have made, outward and inward, its message has never fallen flat for me.

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