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· Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE: Love · William WORDSWORTH: I wandered lonely as a cloud · Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE: Youth And Age a poem · William WORDSWORTH: London 1802 · Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE: Xanadu – Kubla Khan · Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE: The Presence of Love · Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE: Frost at Midnight poem · William WORDSWORTH: Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey · Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE: Desire · Anita Berber Gedicht: Kokain · Charles Baudelaire: 6 Poèmes · Galerie Anita Berber – 8

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Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE: Love

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Love

All thoughts, all passions, all delights,
Whatever stirs this mortal frame,
All are but ministers of Love,
And feed his sacred flame.

Oft in my waking dreams do I
Live o’er again that happy hour,
When midway on the mount I lay,
Beside the ruined tower.

The moonshine, stealing o’er the scene
Had blended with the lights of eve:
And she was there, my hope, my joy,
My own dear Genevieve!.

She leant against the arméd man,
The statue of the arméd knight:
She stood and listened to my lay,
Amid the lingering light.

Few sorrows hath she of her own,
My hope ! my joy ! my Genevieve !
She loves me best, whene’er I sing
The songs that make her grieve.

I played a soft and doleful air,
I sang an old and moving story-
An old rude song, that suited well
That ruin wild and hoary.

She listened with a flitting blush,
With downcast eyes and modest grace:
For well she know, I could not choose
But gaze upon her face.

I told her of the Knight that wore
Upon his shield a burning brand:
And that for ten long years he wooed
The Lady of the Land.

I told her how he pined : and ah!
The deep, the low, the pleading tone
With which I sang another’s love,
Interpreted my own.

She listened with a flitting blush,
With downcast eyes, and modest grace:
And she forgave me, that I gazed
Too fondly on her face!.

But when I told the cruel scorn
That crazed that bold and lovely Knight,
And that he crossed the mountain-woods,
Nor rested day nor night:

That sometimes from the savage den,
And sometimes from the darksome shade,
And sometimes starting up at once
In green and sunny glade,-

There came and looked him in the face
An angel beautiful and bright:
And that he knew it was a Fiend,
This miserable Knight!.

And that unknowing what he did,
He leaped amid a murderous band,
And saved from outrage worse than death
The Lady of the Land!.

And how she wept, and clasped his knees:
And how she tended him in vain-
And ever strove to expiate
The scorn that crazed his brain ;-

And that she nursed him in a cave:
And how his madness went away,
When on the yellow forest-leaves
A dying man he lay ;-

His dying words -but when I reached
That tenderest strain of all the ditty,
My faultering voice and pausing harp
Disturbed her soul with pity!.

All impulses of soul and sense
Had thrilled my guileless Genevieve:
The music and the doleful tale,
The rich and balmy eve:

And hopes, and fears that kindle hope,
An undistinguishable throng,
And gentle wishes long subdued,
Subdued and cherished long!.

She wept with pity and delight,
She blushed with love, and virgin-shame:
And like the murmur of a dream,
I heard her breathe my name.

Her bosom heaved -she stepped aside,
As conscious of my look she stepped-
The suddenly, with timorous eye
She fled to me and wept.

She half enclosed me with her arms,
She pressed me with a meek embrace:
And bending back her head, looked up,
And gazed upon my face.

‘Twas partly love, and partly fear,
And partly ’twas a bashful art,
That I might rather feel, than see,
The swelling of her heart.

I calmed her fears, and she was calm,
And told her love with virgin pride:
And so I won my Genevieve,
My bright and beauteous Bride.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834)
Love
fleursdumal.nl magazine

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William WORDSWORTH: I wandered lonely as a cloud

William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)
I wandered lonely as a cloud
fleursdumal.nl magazine

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Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE: Youth And Age a poem

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Youth And Age a poem

Verse, a breeze ‘mid blossoms straying,
Where Hope clung feeding, like a bee
Both were mine! Life went a-maying
With Nature, Hope, and Poesy,
When I was young!
When I was young? Ah, woeful When!
Ah! for the change ‘twixt Now and Then!
This breathing house not built with hands,
This body that does me grievous wrong,
O’er aery cliffs and glittering sands
How lightly then it flashed along,
Like those trim skiffs, unknown of yore,
On winding lakes and rivers wide,
That ask no aid of sail or oar,
That fear no spite of wind or tide!
Nought cared this body for wind or weather
When Youth and I lived in’t together.

Flowers are lovely; Love is flower-like;
Friendship is a sheltering tree;
O the joys! that came down shower-like,
Of Friendship, Love, and Liberty,
Ere I was old!
Ere I was old? Ah woeful Ere,
Which tells me, Youth’s no longer here!
O Youth! for years so many and sweet
‘Tis known that Thou and I were one,
I’ll think it but a fond conceit
It cannot be that Thou art gone!
Thy vesper-bell hath not yet tolled
And thou wert aye a masker bold!
What strange disguise hast now put on,
To make believe that thou art gone?
I see these locks in silvery slips,
This drooping gait, this altered size:
But Springtide blossoms on thy lips,
And tears take sunshine from thine eyes:
Life is but Thought: so think I will
That Youth and I are housemates still.

Dew-drops are the gems of morning,
But the tears of mournful eve!
Where no hope is, life’s a warning
That only serves to make us grieve
When we are old:
That only serves to make us grieve
With oft and tedious taking-leave,
Like some poor nigh-related guest
That may not rudely be dismist;
Yet hath out-stayed his welcome while,
And tells the jest without the smile.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834)
Poem: Youth And Age
fleursdumal.nl magazine

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William WORDSWORTH: London 1802

William Wordsworth
London 1802

Milton! thou should’st be living at this hour:
England hath need of thee: she is a fen
Of stagnant waters: altar, sword, and pen,
Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower,
Have forfeited their ancient English dower
Of inward happiness. We are selfish men;
Oh! raise us up, return to us again;
And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power.
Thy soul was like a Star, and dwelt apart:
Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea:
Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free,
So didst thou travel on life’s common way,
In cheerful godliness; and yet thy heart
The lowliest duties on herself did lay.

William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)
Poem: London 1802
fleursdumal.nl magazine

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Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE: Xanadu – Kubla Khan

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Xanadu – Kubla Khan

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:
And ‘mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:
And ‘mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!

The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight ‘twould win me
That with music loud and long
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834)
Xanadu – Kubla Khan
fleursdumal.nl magazine

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Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE: The Presence of Love

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Presence of Love

And in Life’s noisiest hour,
There whispers still the ceaseless Love of Thee,
The heart’s Self-solace and soliloquy.

You mould my Hopes, you fashion me within;
And to the leading Love-throb in the Heart
Thro’ all my Being, thro’ my pulse’s beat;
You lie in all my many Thoughts, like Light,
Like the fair light of Dawn, or summer Eve
On rippling Stream, or cloud-reflecting Lake.

And looking to the Heaven, that bends above you,
How oft! I bless the Lot that made me love you.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834)
Poem: The Presence of Love
fleursdumal.nl magazine

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Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE: Frost at Midnight poem

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Frost at Midnight

The Frost performs its secret ministry,
Unhelped by any wind. The owlet’s cry
Came loud, -and hark, again! loud as before.
The inmates of my cottage, all at rest,
Have left me to that solitude, which suits
Abstruser musings: save that at my side
My cradled infant slumbers peacefully.
‘Tis calm indeed! so calm, that it disturbs
And vexes meditation with its strange
And extreme silentness. Sea, hill, and wood,
With all the numberless goings-on of life,
Inaudible as dreams! the thin blue flame
Lies on my low-burnt fire, and quivers not;
Only that film, which fluttered on the grate,
Still flutters there, the sole unquiet thing.
Methinks its motion in this hush of nature
Gives it dim sympathies with me who live,
Making it a companionable form,
Whose puny flaps and freaks the idling Spirit
By its own moods interprets, every where
Echo or mirror seeking of itself,
And makes a toy of Thought.

But O! how oft,
How oft, at school, with most believing mind,
Presageful, have I gazed upon the bars,
To watch that fluttering stranger! and as oft
With unclosed lids, already had I dreamt
Of my sweet birthplace, and the old church-tower,
Whose bells, the poor man’s only music, rang
From morn to evening, all the hot Fair-day,
So sweetly, that they stirred and haunted me
With a wild pleasure, falling on mine ear
Most like articulate sounds of things to come!
So gazed I, till the soothing things, I dreamt,
Lulled me to sleep, and sleep prolonged my dreams!
And so I brooded all the following morn,
Awed by the stern preceptor’s face, mine eye
Fixed with mock study on my swimming book:
Save if the door half opened, and I snatched
A hasty glance, and still my heart leaped up,
For still I hoped to see the stranger’s face,
Townsman, or aunt, or sister more beloved,
My playmate when we both were clothed alike!

Dear Babe, that sleepest cradled by my side,
Whose gentle breathings, heard in this deep calm,
Fill up the interspersed vacancies
And momentary pauses of the thought!
My babe so beautiful! it thrills my heart
With tender gladness, thus to look at thee,
And think that thou shalt learn far other lore,
And in far other scenes! For I was reared
In the great city, pent mid cloisters dim,
And saw nought lovely but the sky and stars.
But thou, my babe! shalt wander like a breeze
By lakes and sandy shores, beneath the crags
Of ancient mountain, and beneath the clouds,
Which image in their bulk both lakes and shores
And mountain crags: so shalt thou see and hear
The lovely shapes and sounds intelligible
Of that eternal language, which thy God
Utters, who from eternity doth teach
Himself in all, and all things in himself.
Great universal Teacher! he shall mould
Thy spirit, and by giving make it ask.

Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether the summer clothe the general earth
With greenness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834)
Frost at Midnight
fleursdumal.nl magazine

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William WORDSWORTH: Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey

William Wordsworth
Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey

Five years have passed; five summers, with the length
Of five long winters! and again I hear
These waters, rolling from their mountain-springs
With a soft inland murmur.Once again
Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,
That on a wild secluded scene impress
Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect
The landscape with the quiet of the sky.
The day is come when I again repose
Here, under this dark sycamore, and view
These plots of cottage-ground, these orchard-tufts,
Which at this season, with their unripe fruits,
Are clad in one green hue, and lose themselves
‘Mid groves and copses. Once again I see
These hedgerows, hardly hedgerows, little lines
Of sportive wood run wild; these pastoral farms,
Green to the very door; and wreaths of smoke
Sent up, in silence, from among the trees!
With some uncertain notice, as might seem
Of vagrant dwellers in the houseless woods,
Or of some Hermit’s cave, where by his fire
The Hermit sits alone.

These beauteous forms,
Through a long absence, have not been to me
As is a landscape to a blind man’s eye;
But oft, in lonely rooms, and ‘mid the din
Of towns and cities, I have owed to them,
In hours of weariness, sensations sweet,
Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart;
And passing even into my purer mind
With tranquil restoration feelings too
Of unremembered pleasure; such, perhaps,
As have no slight or trivial influence
On that best portion of a good man’s life,
His little, nameless, unremembered, acts
Of kindness and of love.Nor less, I trust,
To them I may have owed another gift,
Of aspect more sublime; that blessed mood,
In which the burthen of the mystery,
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world,
Is lightened that serene and blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on
Until, the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul;
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.

If this
Be but a vain belief, yet, oh! how oft
In darkness and amid the many shapes
Of joyless daylight; when the fretful stir
Unprofitable, and the fever of the world,
Have hung upon the beatings of my heart
How oft, in spirit, have I turned to thee,
O sylvan Wye! thou wanderer through the woods,
How often has my spirit turned to thee!

And now, with gleams of half-extinguished thought,
With many recognitions dim and faint,
And somewhat of a sad perplexity,
The picture of the mind revives again;
While here I stand, not only with the sense
Of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts
That in this moment there is life and food
For future years.And so I dare to hope,
Though changed, no doubt, from what I was when first
I came among these hills; when like a roe
I bounded o’er the mountains, by the sides
Of the deep rivers, and the lonely streams,
Wherever nature led more like a man
Flying from something that he dreads than one
Who sought the thing he loved.For nature then
(The coarser pleasures of my boyish days
And their glad animal movements all gone by)
To me was all in all. I cannot paint
What then I was. The sounding cataract
Haunted me like a passion; the tall rock,
The mountain, and the deep and gloomy wood,
Their colors and their forms, were then to me
An appetite; a feeling and a love,
That had no need of a remoter charm,
By thought supplied, not any interest
Unborrowed from the eye. That time is past,
And all its aching joys are now no more,
And all its dizzy raptures. Not for this
Faint I, nor mourn nor murmur; other gifts
Have followed; for such loss, I would believe,
Abundant recompense.For I have learned
To look on nature, not as in the hour
Of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes
The still sad music of humanity,
Nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power
To chasten and subdue.And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man:
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things. Therefore am I still
A lover of the meadows and the woods,
And mountains; and of all that we behold
From this green earth; of all the mighty world
Of eye, and ear both what they half create,
And what perceive; well pleased to recognize
In nature and the language of the sense
The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,
The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul
Of all my moral being.

Nor perchance,
If I were not thus taught, should I the more
Suffer my genial spirits to decay:
For thou art with me here upon the banks
Of this fair river; thou my dearest Friend,
My dear, dear Friend; and in thy voice I catch
The language of my former heart, and read
My former pleasures in the shooting lights
Of thy wild eyes.Oh! yet a little while
May I behold in thee what I was once,
My dear, dear Sister! and this prayer I make,
Knowing that Nature never did betray
The heart that loved her; ’tis her privilege,
Through all the years of this our life, to lead
From joy to joy: for she can so inform
The mind that is within us, so impress
With quietness and beauty, and so feed
With lofty thoughts, that neither evil tongues,
Rash judgments, nor the sneers of selfish men,
Nor greetings where no kindness is, nor all
The dreary intercourse of daily life,
Shall e’er prevail against us, or disturb
Our cheerful faith, that all which we behold
Is full of blessings.Therefore let the moon
Shine on thee in thy solitary walk;
And let the misty mountain winds be free
To blow against thee: and, in after years,
When these wild ecstasies shall be matured
Into a sober pleasure; when thy mind
Shall be a mansion for all lovely forms,
Thy memory be as a dwelling place
For all sweet sounds and harmonies; oh! then,
If solitude, or fear, or pain, or grief,
Should be thy portion, with what healing thoughts
Of tender joy wilt thou remember me,
And these my exhortations! Nor, perchance
If I should be where I no more can hear
Thy voice, nor catch from thy wild eyes these gleams
Of past existence wilt thou then forget
That on the banks of this delightful stream
We stood together; and that I, so long
A worshipper of Nature, hither came
Unwearied in that service; rather say
With warmer love oh! with far deeper zeal
Of holier love.Nor wilt thou then forget,
That after many wanderings, many years
Of absence, these steep woods and lofty cliffs,
And this green pastoral landscape, were to me
More dear, both for themselves and for thy sake!

William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)
Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey
fleursdumal.nl magazine

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Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE: Desire

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Desire

Where true Love burns Desire is Love’s pure flame;
It is the reflex of our earthly frame,
That takes its meaning from the nobler part,
And but translates the language of the heart.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834)
Desire
fleursdumal.nl magazine

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Anita Berber Gedicht: Kokain

A n i t a   B e r b e r

(1899-1928)

 

K o k a i n


Wände
Tisch
Schatten und Katzen
Grüne Augen
Viele Augen
Millionenfache Augen
Das Weib
Nervöses zerflatterndes Begehren
Aufflackerndes Leben
Schwälende Lampe
Tanzender Schatten
Kleiner Schatten
Großer Schatten
Der Schatten
Oh – der Sprung über den Schatten
Er quält dieser Schatten
Er martert dieser Schatten
Er frißt mich dieser Schatten
Was will dieser Schatten
Kokain


Aufschrei
Tiere
Blut
Alkohol
Schmerzen
Viele Schmerzen
Und die Augen
Die Tiere
Die Mäuse
Das Licht
Dieser Schatten
Dieser schrecklich große schwarze Schatten.

anita berber gedichte

fleursdumal.nl magazine

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Charles Baudelaire: 6 Poèmes

C h a r l e s   B a u d e l a i r e

(1821-1867)


6  P o è m e s

 

Le serpent qui danse


Que j’aime voir, chère indolente,

De ton corps si beau,

Comme une étoile vacillante,

Miroiter la peau!


Sur ta chevelure profonde

Aux âcres parfums,

Mer odorante et vagabonde

Aux flots bleus et bruns.


Comme un navire qui s’éveille

Au vent du matin,

Mon âme rêveuse appareille

Pour un ciel lointain.


Tes yeux, où rien ne se révèle

De doux ni d’amer,

Sont deux bijoux froids où se mêle

L’or avec le fer.


A te voir marcher en cadence,

Belle d’abandon,

On dirait un serpent qui danse

Au bout d’un bâton;


Sous le fardeau de ta paresse

Ta tête d’enfant

Se balance avec la mollesse

D’un jeune éléphant,


Et son corps se penche et s’allonge

Comme un fin vaisseau

Qui roule bord sur bord, et plonge

Ses vergues dans l’eau.


Comme un flot grossi par la fonte

Des glaciers grondants,

Quand l’eau de ta bouche remonte

Au bord de tes dents,


Je crois boire un vin de Bohême,

Amer et vainqueur,

Un ciel liquide qui parsème

D’étoiles mon coeur!

 

Tout entière


Le Démon, dans ma chambre haute,

Ce matin est venu me voir,

Et, tâchant à me prendre en faute,

Me dit: « Je voudrais bien savoir,


Parmi toutes les belles choses

Dont est fait son enchantement,

Parmi les objets noirs ou roses

Qui composent son corps charmant,


Quel est le plus doux. »–O mon âme!

Tu répondis à l’Abhorré:

« Puisqu’en elle tout est dictame,

Rien ne peut être préféré.


Lorsque tout me ravit, j’ignore

Si quelque chose me séduit.

Elle éblouit comme l’Aurore

Et console comme la Nuit;


Et l’harmonie est trop exquise,

Qui gouverne tout son beau corps,

Pour que l’impuissante analyse

En note les nombreux accords.


O métamorphose mystique

De tous mes sens fondus en un!

Son haleine fait la musique,

Comme sa voix fait le parfum! »


Que diras-tu ce soir, pauvre âme solitaire,

Que diras-tu, mon coeur, coeur autrefois flétri,

A la très belle, à la très bonne, à la très chère,

Dont le regard divin t’a soudain refleuri?


–Nous mettrons noire orgueil à chanter ses louanges,

Rien ne vaut la douceur de son autorité;

Sa chair spirituelle a le parfum des Anges,

Et son oeil nous revêt d’un habit de clarté.


Que ce soit dans la nuit et dans la solitude.

Que ce soit dans la rue et dans la multitude;

Son fantôme dans l’air danse comme un flambeau.


Parfois il parle et dit: « Je suis belle, et j’ordonne

Que pour l’amour de moi vous n’aimiez que le Beau.

Je suis l’Ange gardien, la Muse et la Madone. »

 

Confession


Une fois, une seule, aimable et douce femme,

A mon bras votre bras poli

S’appuya (sur le fond ténébreux de mon âme

Ce souvenir n’est point pâli).


Il était tard; ainsi qu’une médaille neuve

La pleine lune s’étalait,

Et la solennité de la nuit, comme un fleuve,

Sur Paris dormant ruisselait.


Et le long des maisons, sous les portes cochères,

Des chats passaient furtivement,

L’oreille au guet, ou bien, comme des ombres chères,

Nous accompagnaient lentement.


Tout à coup, au milieu de l’intimité libre

Eclose à la pâle clarté,

De vous, riche et sonore instrument où ne vibre

Que la radieuse gaîté,


De vous, claire et joyeuse ainsi qu’une fanfare

Dans le matin étincelant,

Une note plaintive, une note bizarre

S’échappa, tout en chancelant.


Comme une enfant chétive, horrible, sombre, immonde

Dont sa famille rougirait,

Et qu’elle aurait longtemps, pour la cacher au monde,

Dans un caveau mise au secret!


Pauvre ange, elle chantait, votre note criarde:

« Que rien ici-bas n’est certain,

Et que toujours, avec quelque soin qu’il se farde,

Se trahit l’égoïsme humain;


Que c’est un dur métier que d’être belle femme,

Et que c’est le travail banal

De la danseuse folle et froide qui se pâme

Dans un sourire machinal;


Que bâtir sur les coeurs est une chose sotte,

Que tout craque, amour et beauté,

Jusqu’à ce que l’Oubli les jette dans sa hotte

Pour les rendre à l’Eternité! »


J’ai souvent évoqué cette lune enchantée,

Ce silence et cette langueur,

Et cette confidence horrible chuchotée

Au confessionnal du coeur.


 

Le flacon


Il est de forts parfums pour qui toute matière

Est poreuse. On dirait qu’ils pénètrent le verre.

En ouvrant un coffret venu de l’orient

Dont la serrure grince et rechigne en criant,


Ou dans une maison déserte quelque armoire

Pleine de l’âcre odeur des temps, poudreuse et noire,

Parfois on trouve un vieux flacon qui se souvient,

D’où jaillit toute vive une âme qui revient.


Mille pensers dormaient, chrysalides funèbres,

Frémissant doucement dans tes lourdes ténèbres,

Qui dégagent leur aile et prennent leur essor,

Teintés d’azur, glacés de rose, lamés d’or.


Voilà le souvenir enivrant qui voltige

Dans l’air troublé; les yeux se ferment; le Vertige

Saisit l’âme vaincue et la pousse à deux mains

Vers un gouffre obscurci de miasmes humains;


Il la terrasse au bord d’un gouffre séculaire,

Où, Lazare odorant déchirant son suaire,

Se meut dans son réveil le cadavre spectral

D’un vieil amour ranci, charmant et sépulcral.


Ainsi, quand je serai perdu dans la mémoire

Des hommes, dans le coin d’une sinistre armoire;

Quand on m’aura jeté, vieux flacon désolé,

Décrépit, poudreux, sale, abject, visqueux, fêlé,


Je serai ton cercueil, aimable pestilence!

Le témoin de ta force et de ta virulence,

Cher poison préparé par les anges! liqueur

Qui me ronge, ô la vie et la mort de mon coeur!

 

Le poison


Le vin sait revêtir le plus sordide bouge

D’un luxe miraculeux,

Et fait surgir plus d’un portique fabuleux

Dans l’or de sa vapeur rouge,

Comme un soleil couchant dans un ciel nébuleux.


L’opium agrandit ce qui n’a pas de bornes,

Allonge l’illimité,

Approfondit le temps, creuse la volupté,

Et de plaisirs noirs et mornes

Remplit l’âme au delà de sa capacité.

 

Tout cela ne vaut pas le poison qui découle

De tes yeux, de tes yeux verts,

Lacs où mon âme tremble et se voit à l’envers…

Mes songes viennent en foule

Pour se désaltérer à ces gouffres amers.

 

Tout cela ne vaut pas le terrible prodige

De ta salive qui mord,

Qui plonge dans l’oubli mon âme sans remord,

Et, charriant le vertige,

La roule défaillante aux rives de la mort!

 


Femmes damnés


Comme un bétail pensif sur le sable couchées,

Elles tournent leurs yeux vers l’horizon des mers,

Et leurs pieds se cherchant et leurs mains rapprochées

Ont de douces langueurs et des frissons amers:


Les unes, coeurs épris des longues confidences,

Dans le fond des bosquets où jasent les ruisseaux,

Vont épelant l’amour des craintives enfances

Et creusent le bois vert des jeunes arbrisseaux;


D’autres, comme des soeurs, marchent lentes et graves

A travers les rochers pleins d’apparitions,

Où saint Antoine a vu surgir comme des laves

Les seins nus et pourprés de ses tentations;


Il en est, aux lueurs des résines croulantes,

Qui dans le creux muet des vieux antres païens

T’appellent au secours de leurs fièvres hurlantes,

O Bacchus, endormeur des remords anciens!


Et d’autres, dont la gorge aime les scapulaires,

Qui, recelant un fouet sous leurs longs vêtements,

Mêlent dans le bois sombre et les nuits solitaires

L’écume du plaisir aux larmes des tourments.


O vierges, ô démons, ô monstres, ô martyres,

De la réalité grands esprits contempteurs,

Chercheuses d’infini, dévotes et satyres,

Tantôt pleines de cris, tantôt pleines de pleurs,


Vous que dans votre enfer mon âme a poursuivies,

Pauvres soeurs, je vous aime autant que je vous plains,

Pour vos mornes douleurs, vos soifs inassouvies,

Et les urnes d’amour dont vos grands coeurs sont pleins!

 

C h a r l e s   B a u d e l a i r e   p o e t r y

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Galerie Anita Berber – 8

Galerie Anita Berber – 8

Anita Berber (June 10, 1899 – November 10, 1928) was a German dancer, actress and writer. Anita Berber was painted by many artist, among them Otto Dix
Her lover was dancer Sebastian Droste. In 1922, Berber and Droste published a book of poems, photographs, drawings: KokainBerber’s cocaine addiction and bisexuality were matters of public chatter. She was allegedly the sexual slave of a woman and the woman’s 15-year-old daughter. She could often be seen in Berlin’s hotel lobbies, nightclubs and casinos, naked apart from a sable wrap and a silver brooch filled with cocaine. Besides being a cocaine addict, she was an alcoholic.

Anita Berber died of tubercolosis, at the age of 29, on November 10, 1928 in a Kreuzberg hospital and was buried at St. Thomas cemetery in Neukölln.
In 1987 film Rosa von Praunheim made a film titled: Anita – Tänze des Lasters.

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