Octavio Paz: “Two Bodies”

Two Bodies

Two bodies face to face
are sometimes two waves
and the night is an ocean.

Two bodies face to face
are sometimes two stones
and the night is a desert.

Two bodies face to face
are sometimes roots
in the braided night.

Two bodies face to face
are sometimes knives
that spark in the night.

Two bodies face to face
are two falling stars
in an empty sky.

Octavio Paz

Translated from Spanish by Paul Weinfield, © 2015
Photo by Paul Schneggenburger
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