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If I could live again my life,
In the next – I’ll try,
– to make more mistakes,
I won’t try to be so perfect,
I’ll be more relaxed,
I’ll be more full – than I am now,
In fact, I’ll take fewer things seriously,
I’ll be less hygienic,
I’ll take more risks,
I’ll take more trips,
I’ll watch more sunsets,
I’ll climb more mountains,
I’ll swim more rivers,

I’ll go to more places – I’ve never been,
I’ll eat more ice creams and less (lime) beans,
I’ll have more real problems – and less imaginary
I was one of those people who live
prudent and prolific lives –
each minute of his life,
Off course that I had moments of joy – but,
if I could go back I’ll try to have only good moments,

If you don’t know – that’s what life is made of,
Don’t lose the now!

I was one of those who never goes anywhere
without a thermometer,
without a hot-water bottle,
and without an umbrella and without a parachute,

If I could live again – I will travel light,
If I could live again – I’ll try to work bare feet
at the beginning of spring till
the end of autumn,
I’ll ride more carts,
I’ll watch more sunrises and play with more children,
If I have the life to live – but now I am 85,
– and I know that I am dying …

-Jorge Luis Borges

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  1. July 11, 2009 at 3:25 am


    Jorge Luis Borges makes me want to pack a couple of shirts and a notebook and leave the city..and I thot he wrote only surrealist short stories..

    and I’ll definitely eat more ice creams..but I’ll also carry parachutes when necessary..dont want to come to a painful end there..:)

    I love the poems u put up..this one’s absolutely speaking right to me..

    • mohit
      July 12, 2009 at 11:44 pm


      This was my first intro to Borges a long time ago and I had the same reaction as you! I recently had a chance to read ‘The library of Babel’ and have become a fan.

  2. madhuri
    July 20, 2009 at 9:58 am


    • July 24, 2009 at 3:01 pm

      Welcome back Madhuri! Long time no see!

  3. July 24, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I gots the less hygenic part already covered, or uncovered and swarming w fruitflies if you will

    • July 24, 2009 at 3:02 pm

      ROFL, yes I can attest to that!

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