• Mineral cactai, quicksilver lizards in the adobe walls, the bird that punctures space, thirst, tedium, clouds of dust, impalpable epiphanies of wind. The pines taught me to talk to myself. In that garden I learnedto send myself off. Later there were no gardens.

    Octavio Paz (1979). “A Draft of Shadows, and Other Poems”, p.35, New Directions Publishing