Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Boast of Quietness

Writings of light assault the darkness, more prodigious that meteors.
The tall unknowable city takes over the countryside.
Sure of my life and my death, I observe the ambitious and would like to understand them.
Their day is greedy as a lariat in the air.
Their night is a rest from the rage within steel, quick to attack.
They speak of humanity.
My humanity is in feeling we are all voices of the same poverty.
They speak of homeland.
My homeland is the rhythm of a guitar, a few portraits, an old sword, the willow groves's visible prayer as evening falls.
Time is living me.
More silent than my shadow, I pass throught the loftily covetous multitude.
They are indispensable, singular, worthy of tomorrrow.
My name is someone and anyone.
I walk slowly, like one who comes from so far away he dowsn't expect to arrive.

-Jorge Luis Borges

(printed inside The Inheritance of Loss)

No comments: