by Wilhelm Albert Włodzimierz Apolinary Kostrowicki (1880 - 1918), as Guillaume Apollinaire
Translation © by Korin Kormick

Il pleut
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Il pleut des voix de femmes comme si elles
étaient mortes même dans le souvenir
c'est vous aussi qu'il pleut merveilleuses
rencontres de ma vie ô gouttelettes
et ces nuages cabrés se prennent à hennir
tout un univers de villes auriculaires
écoute s'il pleut tandis que le regret et
le dédain pleurent une ancienne musique
écoute tomber les liens qui te retiennent
en haut et en bas


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  • ENG English (Korin Kormick) , "It rains", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Julia Henning) , "Es regnet", copyright © 2019, (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: 10
Word count: 67

It rains
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
 It is raining the voices of women as if
   they were dead even in memory
 It is you also that it rains, marvelous
   meetings of my life, oh little drops
 And these reared-up clouds take themselves
   to neighing an entire universe of auricular cities
 Listen if it rains while regret and disdain
   cry an ancient music
 Listen to the falling of the bonds that
   restrain you from top to bottom


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 71