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Aphorisms

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.

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

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

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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.

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

Credit


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.

Author


Antonio Porchia

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

Date Published: 2003-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/aphorisms