Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Borges, bored with being dead,
Decided to return as three notes
From a tango to which he had listened
Geneva when he was seventeen
And studying for his baccalaureate
The authorities refused; those three notes
Were spoken for. Very well he would be content
To be  a gleam of light on a dagger blade
Drawn during a back alley fight
June 14, 1901. "Really, Senor Borges,"
Said the authorities, "Consider our feelings!
We do not these days trade in melodrama."
Arbitrators were called in; or perhaps they simply
Had been drinking nearby. Negotiations continue
But observers say there’s little hope of resolution
Any time soon. Consult this poem for developments.

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