by Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Miel de Narbonne
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Use ton coeur. Les clowns fleurissent du crottin d'or
Dormir! Un coup d'orteils: on vole.
Volez-vous jouer avec moa?
Moabite, dame de la croix-bleue. Caravane.
Vanille, Poivre, Confitures de tamarin.
Marin, cou, le pompon, moustaches, mandoline.
Linoléum en trompe-l'oeil. Merci.
CINÉMA, nouvelle muse.


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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Narbonne Honey", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 43

Narbonne Honey
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Use your heart. The clowns flourish on golden manure.
To sleep! A kick of the toe: one flies.
Why you play with me?
Moabite, lady of the blue cross. Caravan.
Vanille, Pepper, Jam of tamarind.
Sailor, neck, pompon, moustaches, mandolin.
Deceptive linoleum. Thanks.
Cinema, new muse.

Translator's note on line 3: The French replicates a child’s accent: "Voulez-vous jouer avec moi?"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-02-09
Line count: 8
Word count: 46