Octavio Paz: “Certainty”

Certainty

If the white light of this lamp
is real, and the hand that writes
is real, then are the eyes that
observe what I write also real?

From one word to another
what I say evaporates.
I know that I am alive
between two parentheses.

Octavio Paz

Translated from Spanish by Paul Weinfield, © 2015
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