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Simplicity
(24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986 / Buenos Aires / Argentina)

Simplicity

Poem By Jorge Luis Borges

It opens, the gate to the garden
with the docility of a page
that frequent devotion questions
and inside, my gaze
has no need to fix on objects
that already exist, exact, in memory.
I know the customs and souls
and that dialect of allusions
that every human gathering goes weaving.
I've no need to speak
nor claim false privilege;
they know me well who surround me here,
know well my afflictions and weakness.
This is to reach the highest thing,
that Heaven perhaps will grant us:
not admiration or victory
but simply to be accepted
as part of an undeniable Reality,
like stones and trees.

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I have been an admirer of J.L. Borges since 1972 when I heard him give a public lecture in London. I like his stories more than his poems. Few writers have shown the imaginative creativity of some allegories he wrote; one about a universal library. A.Madhavan
simply to be accepted as part of an undeniable Reality, like stones and trees. - - - - we are, aren't we?
And this acceptance comes when the gaze is turned with in...... Beautiful poem.
Marvelous poem. We all fight and wish for this acceptance starting from our own circle and extending it to be accepted in God's eyes.
Borges could've just said: you're born, you live, you die, but the poem paid the bills.


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