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Barbara

Remember Barbara It was raining ceaselessly on Brest that day And you were walking smiling Beaming delighted dripping Under the rain Remember Barbara It was raining ceaselessly on Brest And I passed you in the rue de Siam You were … Continue reading

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Place du Carrousel

Place du Carrousel towards the end of a beautiful summer day the blood of a horse injured and unharnessed streamed onto the pavement And the horse was there standing motionless on three feet And the other wounded foot wounded and … Continue reading

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The New Order

The sun dwells in the ground Broken liter of red wine A house like a drunkard On the pavement has collapsed And under its porch that still stands A young girl is stretched out A kneeling man next to her … Continue reading

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Autumn

A horse collapses in the middle of a path Leaves fall on him Our love trembles And so does the sun.

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Brunch

He put the coffee In the cup In put the milk In the cup of coffee He put the sugar In the cafe au lait With the little spoon He stirred He drank the coffee And he set down the … Continue reading

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The Sultan

In the mountains of Kashmir Lives the Sultan of Salamandragore During the day he kills a bunch of people And when night comes he falls asleep But in his nightmares the dead are hiding And devour him So one night … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Them…

Do not let intellectuals play with matches Because Messieurs when one is left alone The mental world Messssieurs Is not at all brilliant And as soon as he is alone Working arbitrarily Building himself up for himself And speaking to … Continue reading

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Rue de Seine

Rue de Seine ten-thirty at night at the corner of another street a staggering man… a young man with a hat a raincoat a woman shakes him… she shakes him and she speaks to him and he shakes his head … Continue reading

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Paris de Nuit

Three matches lit one by one in the night The first to see your face in its entirety The second to see your eyes The last to see your mouth And the darkness all around to remind me of all … Continue reading

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The Garden

Millions and millions of years Would not suffice To speak of The little second of eternity When you kissed me When I kissed you One morning in the winter sunlight In Montsouris Park in Paris On the Earth The Earth … Continue reading

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The Return To The Country

Here’s a Breton who is coming back to his native land After having done many horrible things He walks in front of the factories in Douarnenez He doesn’t recognize anyone No one recognizes him He is very sad. He goes … Continue reading

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Jailer’s Song

Where are you going handsome jailer With that key covered in blood I am going to release the one that I love If there is still time And who I locked up Tenderly cruelly At the greatest secret of my … Continue reading

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Immense and Red

Immense and red Above the Grand Palais The winter sun appears And disappears Like my heart will disappear And all of my blood will run out Run out to look for you My love My beauty And find you There … Continue reading

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Green Zone

I put my helmet in the cage and I left with the bird on my head Hey do we not salute anymore demanded the sergeant No we don’t salute anymore replied the bird Oh I see sorry I thought we … Continue reading

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Birdwatcher’s Song

The bird that flies so gently The bird red and warm as blood The bird so soft the bird that mimics The bird who is suddenly afraid The bird who suddenly hits himself The bird who would like to fly … Continue reading

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To Make A Portrait Of A Bird

First paint a cage with an open door then paint something pretty something simple something beautiful something useful for the bird then place the canvas within a tree in a garden in a wood or in a forest hide behind … Continue reading

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The Florist’s Shop

A man enters a florist’s shop and chooses some flowers the florist wraps the flowers the man puts his hand in his pocket to look for some money money to pay for the flowers but at the same time he … Continue reading

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Despair Is Sitting On A Bench

In a square on a bench There is a man who calls to you when you pass He has binoculars an old gray suit He smokes a cigarillo he is seated And he calls to you when you pass Or … Continue reading

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Quicksand

Demons and marvels Winds and tides Far away already the sea has gone out And you Like seaweed gently caressed by the wind In the sands of sleep you stir dreaming Demons and marvels Winds and tides Far away already … Continue reading

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The Barrel Organ

I play the piano one of them was saying I play the violin the other was saying I play the harp I play the banjo I play the cello I play the bagpipes… I play the flute and me I … Continue reading

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