Jorge Luis Borges, “The Just” …

Jorge Luis Borges, Fotografía por J Kudelmarf
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jorge Luis Borges
 
 
 
 
“The Just”
 
 
 
 
 
A man who cultivates his garden, as Voltaire wished.
He who is grateful for the existence of music.
He who takes pleasure in tracing an etymology.
Two workmen playing, in a café in the South,
     a silent game of chess.
The potter, contemplating a color and a form.
The typographer who sets this page well,
     though it may not please him.
A woman and a man, who read the last tercets
     of a certain canto.
He who strokes a sleeping animal.
He who justifies, or wishes to, a wrong done him.
He who is grateful for the existence of a Stevenson.
He who prefers others to be right.
These people, unaware, are saving the world.
 
          (Trans. Alastair Reid)
 
 
 
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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on September 16, 2015.

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