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
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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That “presence without name” shouts quietly, doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing this Paz.
You are welcome Robert. That is a great way to express silence.
Beautiful piece with a lot to ponder upon.
Then the title; Friendship…
Yes, there is a lot to consider in this poem despite its shortness.
Ofcourse! And I really appreciate every bit of it.
I really like the ambiguity.
It is an interesting and stressful place to be, but usually worthwhile.
“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.
Suffering and grief crossed my mind. I had not thought about maturity and the understanding it brings. Thank you for adding more Carl.
Unfortunately I do not yet understand this poem of Octavio Paz “Friendship” well.
I want to be able to be understood early.
I think it is asking questions about friendship without any certain answers.
You asked intriguing questions.
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Paz is one of my favourite poets ever… Well no wonder why… he won the Nobel Prize. Beautiful share! Best wishes, Aquileana 😀
Thank you for the comment. I have many favourite poets and he is one of them.
I shall take a few pics of the books I have by him and send them to you via twitter… Some of the covers are beautiful!… ⭐ Love! Aquileana 😀
Thank you. That will be greatly appreciated.