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Friendship

Octavio Paz wrote this short poem which despite its length I read it in several ways. The poem raises more questions than it answers. Perhaps, he wrote about sleep, a lover, or night itself? Whatever it is, this friendship embraces without being named.

Maybe in sleep this friendship arrives only to be brushed aside as we awake in the morning. Or, is it the waiting for this friendship that makes it more worthwhile? When we are mindful and attentive in living, it pokes through and rewards us with momentary glimpses that are so rewarding.

It is the awaited hour
Over the table falls
Interminably
The lamp’s spread hair
Night turns the window to immensity
There is no one here
Presence without name surrounds me

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

19 responses »

  1. That “presence without name” shouts quietly, doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing this Paz.

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  2. Beautiful piece with a lot to ponder upon.
    Then the title; Friendship…
    Nice one!

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  3. I really like the ambiguity.

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  4. “Night turns the window to immensity”

    Does darkness expand our mind’s view ? Understanding? Maturity? If the darkness is suffering and grief, I suppose it does.

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  5. Unfortunately I do not yet understand this poem of Octavio Paz “Friendship” well.
    I want to be able to be understood early.

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  6. You asked intriguing questions.

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  7. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    INVITING…INDEED!!!

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  8. Paz is one of my favourite poets ever… Well no wonder why… he won the Nobel Prize. Beautiful share! Best wishes, Aquileana 😀

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