Wednesday, May 6, 2015


It took Borges less than half Eternity
To catalogue the Infinite Library
Even allowing for coffee breaks,
Alcohol breaks, cigarette breaks,
Afternoon sitting in the sun breaks
And long walks with Pierre Menard
And the Tichborne Claimant.
“I could have done it quicker,” he told
A seminar of angels who, in his honor,
Conjured themselves out of pauses,
Questions and respectful silences,
“Had Homer and Milton not assisted
But they would not be put off.”
 “Are they,” a seraph signed,
More blind, then, than you?”
“No,” said Borges, “but I am blind
In Spanish; the work goes faster.”

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