Poèmes Arabes

by Jacqueline Despas (b. 1893)

Word count: 101

1. Défi [sung text not yet checked]

J'ai poli ton corps de tant de caresses, 
qu’il ressemble maintenant 
à la pierre sacrée d’El Djoûf, 
que tant de lèvres ont usée.

Le soleil peut s’éteindre 
et la lune tomber, 
il m’inondera de lumière.

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2. Le sommeil des colombes [sung text not yet checked]

Dans le cèdre, des colombes 
se sont posées pour la nuit. 
Longtemps hésitantes, 
elles avaient tournoyé au-dessus 
de l'arbre solitaire. 
Maintenant elles vont s'endormir. 
Comme chaque nuit, au sommet 
de la plus haute branche, 
un rossignol chantera. 
Ainsi je berce souvent ton sommeil 
de paroles d'amour. 
Je crois que le même instinct 
guide les colombes et les jeunes filles 
vers les jardins où chantent les rossignols.

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3. Réponse 

Tu me reproches de ne pas t'aimer
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4. L'heure tranquille 

Voici l'heure tranquille où les troupeaux s'acheminent vers le puits
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5. Le sommeil des lévriers 

À l'ombre aiguë du cyprès
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6. Sur la mort 

La gazelle blessée pleure lorsqu'elle va mourir
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7. Poignards 

Celui qui brille au joyeux soleil des batailles
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8. Clair de lune 

Sur un jardin fardé de lune
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9. Le baiser dans la nuit 

A deux mains j'ai pris ta tête, comme une urne
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10. Le sommeil des faucons 

Repus d’azur, ils dorment
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11. Images 

Un coq qui chante, un cheval qui piaffe, un chat qui rentre : l'aube
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12. L'attente 

C'était l'heure convenue, j'avais entravé mon cheval
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13. Le printemps sur la mer 

Un matin, j'ai vu le printemps sur la mer
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14. La pluie sur les roses 

Une goutte tombe
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15. La fontaine des gazelles 

Elles ne viennent y boire qu'au crépuscule
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16. La confiance 

Laissez rôder les amoureux autour de ma demeure
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17. Le bonheur 

Cette nuit-là, tu regardais le ciel embrasé d'étoiles
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18. L'absente 

Afin d'oublier ma folie, je m'en suis allé dans la montagne
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19. Le regret 

Les ailes de la nuit se sont refermées sur la terre
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20. Une jeune fille 

Une jeune fille, qui revenait du fleuve, modulait cette chanson
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