“Intelligence, Give me”

Intelligence,
Give me

 

Intelligence, give me

the exact name of things!

…I want, my word to be

the thing itself

created by my soul a second time.

So that those who do not know them

Can go to the things through me,

all those who have forgotten them

can go to the things through me,

all those who love them

can go to things through me…

Intelligence, give me

The exact name, and your name

And theirs and mine, for things!

 

(Juan Ramon Jimenez – selected poems Beacon Press, 1997)

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