Jorge Luis Borges

on his blindness

In the fullness of the years, like it or not, a luminous mist surrounds me, unvarying, that breaks things down into a single thing, colourless, formless. Almost into thought. The elemental, vast night and the day teeming with people have become the fog of constant, tentative light that does not flag, and lies in wait at dawn. I longed to see just once a human face. Unknown to me the closed encyclopaedia, the sweet play in volumes I can do no more than hold, the tiny soaring birds, the moons of gold. Others have the world, for better or worse; I have this half-dark, and the toil of verse.

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