BORGES ON SIMPLICITY

One of the most interesting personalities of the 20th century, Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine writer of short stories, essayist and poet. He was an important personality in Spanish literature, and his best-known works are compilations of short stories where dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, fictional writers and philosophy are used as springboards to an imaginary world. I often like when I find poems that speak to me directly, in a raw way, and this is an example of another side of Borges, less fictional but more devoted to understanding his real surroundings. Below is a beautiful and artistic definition of simplicity. 

 

Simplicity

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.

Helder Guimaraes