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13 façons de regarder un merle

Word count: 255

Song Cycle by Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912 - 1990)

Original language: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

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Language: French (Français) after the English

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Parmi vingt montagnes neigeuses,
La seule chose qui bougeait
Était l'œil du merle.


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J'étais de trois avis,
Comme un arbre
Dans lequel il y a trois merles.


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Le merle tournoyait dans les vents d'automne.
C'était une petite partie de la pantomime


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Un homme et une femme
Ne font qu'un.
Un homme et une femme et un merle
Ne font qu'un.


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Je ne sais laquelle préférer
La beauté des inflexions
Ou la beauté des insinuations,
Le merle en train de siffler
Ou juste après.


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Des glaçons remplissaient la longue fenêtre
Avec du verre barbare.
L'ombre du merle
Le traversait, allant et venant.
Son humeur
Traçait sur la neige
Un motif indéchiffrable.


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Ô minces hommes d'Haddam,
Pourquoi imaginez-vous des oiseaux dorés ?
Ne voyez-vous pas comment le merle
Marche autour des pieds
Des femmes près de vous ?


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Je connais de nobles accents
Et des rythmes lucides et inéluctables ;
Mais je sais aussi
Que le merle est mêlé
À ce que je connais.


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Quand le merle s'envola hors de vue,
Il marqua le bord
D'un parmi de nombreux cercles.


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À la vue des merles
Volant dans la lumière verte,
Même les catins de l'euphonie
Crieraient brusquement.


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Il chevauchait dans le Connecticut
Dans un carrosse de verre.
Une fois, une peur le transperça,
En fait, il avait confondu
L'ombre de son équipage
Avec des merles.


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La rivière bouge.
Les merles doivent être en train de voler.


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C'était le soir tout l'après-midi.
Il neigeait.
Et il allait neiger.
Les merles étaient posés
Sur les grosses branches des cèdres.


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