30 Days with Borges: Day 7, I am a blind man

In the 1975 collection of poems LA ROSA PROFUNDA/AN UNENDING ROSE, there are two short poems by Borges, appearing on the same page, that should be read together. The first poem is titled “Soy” [I am]. The second is titled “Un ciego” [A blind man].

SOY ends with the line “Soy eco, olvido, nada.” [I am echo, emptiness, nothing].

UN CIEGO begins:

No sé cual es la cara que me mira
Cuando miro la cara del espejo;

I do not know what face is looking back
whenever I look at the face in the mirror;