translated by Charles Tomlinson
If it is real the white
Light from this lamp, real
The writing hand, are they
Real, the eyes looking at what I write?
From one word to the other
What I say vanishes.
I know that I am alive
Between two parentheses.
A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next.
a question asked for effect, not necessarily to be answered