The Golem

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The golem (Jorge Luis Borges)

If (as the greek Cratilo says)
the name is the archeotype of the thing
in the letters of 'rose' is the rose
and the whole Nile is in the word 'Nile'.

And made of consonants and vocals,
there will be a terrible Name, that
encodes the essence of God and that … (read more)

The golem (Jorge Luis Borges)

If (as the greek Cratilo says)
the name is the archeotype of the thing
in the letters of 'rose' is the rose
and the whole Nile is in the word 'Nile'.

And made of consonants and vocals,
there will be a terrible Name, that
encodes the essence of God and that keeps Omnipotence
in exact letters and syllables.

Adan and the stars knew it
in the Garden. The rust of the sin
(say the cabalists) has erased it
and the generations lost it.

The crafts and candor of man
have no ending. We know there was a day
in which God's people looked for the Name
in the vigiles of jewry.

Not in the way of others, which insinuate a vague
shadow in the vague history,
the memory is still green and fresh,
that of Juda Leon, who was a rabbi in Pague.

Thirsty of knowing what God knows,
Juda Leon gave himself to premutations
of letters and to complex variations
and finally pronounced the Name that is the Key,

the Door, the Echo, the Guest and the Palace,
on a puppet that he crafted with clumsy hands,
to teach him the arcana
of Letters, Time and Space.

The simulation raised the sleepy
eyelids and he saw shapes and colors
that he didn't inderstand, lost in rumors
and he tried fearful movements.

Gradually he saw himself (like us)
imprisoned in this sound network
of Before, After, Yesterday, While, Now,
Right, Left, Me, You, Those, Others.

(The cabalist who worked as numen
named the vast creature Golem;
these truths are referred to by Sholem
in a learned place of his volume.)

The rabi explained the universe to him
"this is my foot; this one yours, this the rope."
and he achieved, after years, that the pervert
broomed, rightly or wrongly, the sinagogue.

Maybe there was an error in the spelling
or in the articulation of the Sacred Name;
despite such a high wizardry,
the man's apprentice didn't learn to talk.

His eyes, less of man than of dog
and way less of dog than of thing,
followed the rabbi throught the doubtful
gloom of the confinement's pieces.

There was something abnormal and rough in the Golem,
for at his passing the rabbi's cat
hid. (That cat isn't in Sholem
but, though time, I guess it.)

Raising subsidiary hands to his God,
he copied the devotions of his God
or, stupid and smiling, he hollowed out
in concave oriental zalemas.

The rabbi looked at him with temderness
and with some horror. 'How' (he told himself)
'could I father this sad son
and I left the inaction, that is sanity?'

'Why did I add to the infinite
series one more number? Why, to the vane
mop that unwinds in eternity,
did I give another cause, another effect and another worry?'

In the hour of distress and vague light,
he stopped his eyes on his Golem.
Who will tell us the things that
God felt, when looking at his rabbi in Prague?


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