Last Lines

Boulevard du Régent


Flowerbeds of amaranths right up to
The pleasant palace of Jupiter.
- I know it is Thou, who is this place,
Minglest thine almost Saharan Blue!

Then, since rose and fir-tree of the sun
And tropical creeper have their play enclosed here,
The little widow's cage!...
Flocks of birds, o iaio, iaio!...

- Calm houses, old passions!
Summerhouse of the Lady who ran mad for love.
After the buttocks of the rosebushes, the balcony
Of Juliet, shadowy and very low.

- La Juliette, that reminds me of l'Henriette,
A charming railway station,
At the heart of a mountain, as if the bottom of an orchard
Where a thousand blue devils dance in the air!

Green bench where in stormy paradise,
The white Irish girl sings to the guitar.
Then, from the Guianian dining-room,
Chatter of children and of cages.

The duke's window which makes me think
Of the poison of snails and of boxwood
Sleeping down here in the sun.
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It is too beautiful! too! Let us maintain our silence.

- Boulevard without movement or business,
Dumb, every drama and every comedy,
Unending concentration of scenes,
I know you and I admire you in silence.

- As translated by Oliver Bernard: Arthur Rimbaud, Collected Poems (1962)

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