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Whatever I take, I take too much or too little; I do not take 
the exact amount. The exact amount is no use to me.


When one does not love the impossible, one does not love anything.


Every time I wake I understand how easy it is to be nothing.


Now you do not know what to do, not even when you go back to being 
a child. And it is sad to see a child who does not know what to do.


Only a few arrive at nothing, because the way is long.


From Voices by Antonio Porchia, translated by W. S. Merwin. Translation copyright © 2003 by W. S. Merwin. Reprinted by permission of Copper Canyon Press. All right reserved.


Antonio Porchia

Antonio Porchia is the author of Voices (Copper Canyon Press, 2003).

Date Published: 2003-01-01

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