21 oct. 2012

What can I hold you with? 
 I offer you lean streets, desperate sunsets, the moon of the jagged suburbs.
 I offer you the bitterness of a man who has looked long and long at the lonely moon.
 I offer you my ancestors, my dead men, the ghosts that living men have honoured in bronze: my father's father killed in the frontier of Buenos Aires, two bullets through his lungs, bearded and dead, wrapped by his soldiers in the hide of a cow; my mother's grandfather --just twentyfour-- heading a charge of three hundred men in Peru, now ghosts on vanished horses. 
 I offer you whatever insight my books may hold, whatever manliness or humour my life. I offer you the loyalty of a man who has never been loyal.
 I offer you that kernel of myself that I have saved, somehow --the central heart that deals not in words, traffics not with dreams, and is untouched by time, by joy, by adversities. 
 I offer you the memory of a yellow rose seen at sunset, years before you were born.
 I offer you explanations of yourself, theories about yourself, authentic and surprising news of yourself.
 I can give you my loneliness, my darkness, the hunger of my heart; 
I am trying to bribe you with uncertainty, with danger, with defeat. - 
Jorge Luis Borges (1934)

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