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it's raining, light footsteps, a murmur of syllables,

air and water, words with no weight:

what we are and are,

the days and years, this moment,

weightless time and heavy sorrow,

listen to me as one listens to the rain,


night unfolds and looks at me,

you are you and your body of steam,

you and your face of night,

you and your hair, unhurried lightning,

you cross the street and enter my forehead,


the years go by, the moments return,

do you hear the footsteps in the next room?

not here, not there: you hear them

in another time that is now,


your shadow covers this page.


from as one listens to the rain


octavio paz

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Taken on March 19, 2010