Alessio Zanelli

Mirroring poem
The Cristallo group mirrored in Lago di Landro, South Tyrol, Italy


We are all the others.

Each of us.

All we are or attain in life
is also due to all the others.

Everybody—alone—is nobody.

We are the success and the failure
of everybody else,
we are the joy and the sorrow
of everybody else.

We are the result—
besides of ourselves—
of everybody else’s life.

In each of us all the others are mirrored.

Each of us is the sum of all the others.

Each of us—
without exception.

Without anybody
being witness to us
we’d be nobody.

And we’d be nothing.

First published in Arabesques (Algeria)