The Argument

Stephen Kuusisto, Letters to Borges


—“I do not know which of us has written this page.”

—Jorge Luis Borges, “Borges and I”


Hands that rock the cradle

Or sweep a white cane

Know who’s writing—

Words appear and startle

In the air above

Sleeping children

& a blind woman

Parts vast lexicons

As she makes her way

Down broadway

Tap tapping.


In his blindness


Was never alone.

So he didn’t


His fate


Or walking—


Told him

What to see.

I say

In the sloping dark

The blind move fast

Their own words

On their tongues.


Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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