February 25, 2009

Afternoon Song

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--Description: Baudelaire C., 19th C, Adoration, Humanity, Love 


Though your wicked eyebrows call
Your nature into question
(Unangelic's their suggestion,
Witch whose eyes enthrall)

I adore you still
O foolish terrible emotion
Kneeling in devotion
As a priest to his idol will.

Your undone braids conceal
Desert, forest scents,
In your exotic countenance
Lie secrets unrevealed.

Over your flesh perfume drifts
Like incense 'round a censor,
Tantalizing dispenser
Of evening's ardent gifts.

No Philtres could compete
With your potent idleness:
You've mastered the caress
That raises dead me to their feet.

Your hips themselves are romanced
By your back and by your breasts:
By your languid dalliance.

Now and then, your appetite's
Uncontrolled, unassuaged:
Mysteriously enraged,
You kiss me and you bite.

Dark one, I am torn
By your savage ways,
Then, soft as the moon, your gaze
Sees my tortured heart reborn.

Beneath your satin shoe,
Beneath your charming silken foot.
My greatest joy I put
My genius and destiny, too.

You bring my spirit back,
Bringer of the light.
Exploding color in the night
Of my Siberia so black.


Charles Baudelaire


--Did You Know: Many of Baudelaire's philosophical proclamations were considered scandalous and intentionally provocative in his time. This drew criticism and outrage from many quarters. For instance, on love, "There is an invincible taste for prostitution in the heart of man, from which comes his horror of solitude. He wants to be 'two'."

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2 comments:

rjacob post on February 27, 2009 at 5:06 AM said...

6ne does not have to be into poetry to understand the underlying theme of this selection. nicely done.

Ray Denzel on February 27, 2009 at 5:08 AM said...

one does not have to be into poetry to understand the underlying theme of this selection. nicely done.

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