Oceans

· Poems · ,

by Juan Ramón Jiménez, translated by Robert Bly

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. Translation copyright © 1995 by Robert Bly. Reprinted by permission of Sierra Club Books.

A prolific Spanish poet, editor, and critic, Juan Ramón Jiménez won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1956.

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