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Sleeping On The Ceiling

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 It is so peaceful on the ceiling!
It is the Place de la Concorde.
The little crystal chandelier is off, the fountain is in the dark.
Not a soul is in the park.
Below, where the wallpaper is peeling, the Jardin des Plantes has locked its gates.
Those photographs are animals.
The mighty flowers and foliage rustle; under the leaves the insects tunnel.
We must go under the wallpaper to meet the insect-gladiator, to battle with a net and trident, and leave the fountain and the square But oh, that we could sleep up there.
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