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Les remords

Language: French (Français)

D’abord je n’ai pas répondu, 
et j’avais la honte sur les joues, 
et les battements de mon cœur 
faisaient mal à mes seins.

Puis j’ai résisté, j’ai dit : « Non. Non. » 
J’ai tourné la tête en arrière 
et le baiser n’a pas franchi mes lèvres, 
ni l’amour mes genoux serrés.

Alors il m’a demandé pardon, 
il m’a embrassé les cheveux, 
j’ai senti son haleine brûlante, 
et il est parti… Maintenant je suis seule.

Je regarde la place vide, 
le bois désert, la terre foulée. 
Et je mords mes poings jusqu’au sang 
et j’étouffe mes cris dans l’herbe.

Confirmed with Œuvres complètes de Pierre Louÿs, 1929 - 1931, tome 2 (1894 (Chansons de Bilitis)), Paris, Slatkine reprints, 1973, page 51.

Note: this is a prose text. The line breaks are arbitrary.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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