Friday, March 3, 2017

Aleph



“A man sets out to draw the world.
 As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, 
kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. 
A short time before he dies, 
he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines 
traces 
the lineaments of his own face.”

― Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph and Other Stories

1 comment:

Fram Actual said...

Not being "intimately familiar" with the work of Jorge Luis Borges, I thought his "Aleph" might be related to the "sacred river Alph" in the poem, "Kubla Khan," by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

I guess it is not.

But, Borges was close with his thought: I have just begun to realize my vision of things is etched not on my face, but on my brain -- very deeply in/on my mind.

I wonder if this becomes true for everyone.