Friday, July 16, 2010

James Joyce

Who this gizmo sez my writing style is most like. From the Spanish of Jorge Luis Borges.

In one day of man are all days
of time, descending inconceivable
from the initial one, when a terrible
God prefigured the agonies and days,
to that other, the ubiquitous stream
of terrestrial time, the source of its flow
the Eternal, extinguished in the now,
the future, the past, what is passing is mine.
Between dawn and darkness is the universal
story. Descending to night I can view
at my feet the path of the Hebrew,
Carthage destroyed, Glory and Hell.
Grant me, Lord, the courage and joy
to scale the pinnacle of this day.
Cambridge, 1968