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It Was Nobody

after Juan Ramón Jiménez

It was nobody. Just water.—”Nobody?
So there is no body of water?”—No
body is here. Just a flower.—
“Nobody is here?
But a flower has no body?”

—Nobody is here. It was just wind.—“Nobody?
The wind has no body?”—No
body is here: Illusion.—
“There is nobody?
Then there is no body of illusion?”

(Previously appeared in: Santa Barbara Review)