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Baudelaire, Charles - L’ennui

Identifier

000314

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

L’ennui – Charles Baudelaire, translated by Robert Lowell

Paul Gauguin – Abandonned Garden

My childhood was only a menacing shower
Cut now and then by hours of brilliant heat
All the top soil was killed by rain and sleet
My garden hardly bore a standing flower

From now on, my mind’s autumn!  I must take
The field and dress my beds with spade and rake
And restore order to my flooded grounds.
There the rain raised mountains like burial mounds

I throw fresh seeds out.  Who knows what survives?
What elements will give us life and food?
This soil is irrigated by the tides. 

Time and nature sluice away our lives
A virus eats the heart out of our sides
Digs in and multiplies on our lost blood.

The source of the experience

Baudelaire, Charles

Concepts, symbols and science items

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Drinking absinthe

Suppressions

Cannabis and marijuana
Laudanum
Making love

Commonsteps

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