You are alive
Solomon Ibn Gabirol

You are alive,
though not established in time,
    and not of a time that's known.

You are alive,
though not in spirit and soul:
    for you're soul to spirit's soul.

You are alive,
but not like breath in a man-
    whose end is the moth and the worm.

You are alive,
and those who reach your secret discover
    delight in the world,

    and eat and live forever ...

Quoted after: Cole, Peter (Trans.) (2001). Selected Poems of Solomon Ibn Gabirol. Princeton, Oxford: Princeton University Press. P.143

Last updated: 2003/10/09