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Rimbaud, Arthur - I’m the saint praying on a balcony



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Arthur Rimbaud – from Rimbaud Complete [translated by Wyatt Mason]

 I’m the saint praying on a balcony – like peaceful beasts grazing along the Sea of Palestine.

I’m the scholar in a plain reading chair.  Branches and rain beat the library windows.

I’m the pedestrian on the high road through stunted woods; the sound of floodgates drowns out my footsteps.  I stare at the melancholy wash of another golden sunset

Or I could be the child abandoned on a high seas jetty, a bumpkin along a lane that butts the sky

The path is harsh.  The hillocks are weed.  The air is still.  How far we are from birds and streams.  The end of the world must be just ahead

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Rimbaud, Arthur

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