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Baudelaire, Charles - Les Fleurs du Mal - My youth was a dark storm

Identifier

000315

Type of Spiritual Experience

Vision
Hallucination

Number of hallucinations: 1

Background

A description of the experience

Les Fleurs du Mal – Charles Baudelaire

My youth was a dark storm,
Crossed here and there by brilliant suns;
Thunder and rain have caused such quick ravage
That there remain in my garden very few red fruits 

Now I have touched the autumn of my mind
And I must use the spade and rakes
To assemble again the drenched lands,
Where the water digs holes as large as graves 

And who knows whether the new flowers I dream of
Will find in this soil washed like a shore
The mystic food which would create their strength?

- O grief! O grief!  Time eats away life,
And the dark Enemy who gnaws the heart
Grows and thrives on the blood we lose

The source of the experience

Baudelaire, Charles

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Water

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Drinking absinthe

Suppressions

Cannabis and marijuana
Laudanum
Making love

Commonsteps

References