Rimbaud, Arthur - After the idea of the Flood had receded
Type of spiritual experience
A description of the experience
Arthur Rimbaud – from Rimbaud Complete [translated by Wyatt Mason]
After the idea of the Flood had receded.
A rabbit rested within swaying clover and bellflowers, saying his prayers to a rainbow spied through a spider’s web….
Ever since, the Moon has heard jackals whimpering in thyme strewn deserts, and club footed eclogues growling in orchards. At last, in a violet, blooming stand, Eucharis said; Spring is here.
Rise, waters – Foam; roll over the bridge and through the woods – black veils and organ strains – lightning, thunder – rise and roam. Waters and sorrows, step forward and reveal the Floods.
For since they relented – what precious stones have sunk – what flowers have bloomed – who cares! And the Queen, the Witch who sparks her blaze in a bowl of Earth, never tells us what she knows, and what we do not