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The house where I was born (07)

 I remember, it was a morning, in summer,
The window was half-open, I drew near,
I could see my father at the end of the garden.
He was motionless, looking for something, I could not tell what, or where, beyond the world, His body was already bent over, but his gaze Was lifted toward the unaccomplished or the impossible.
He had put aside his pick and his spade, The air was fresh on that morning of the world, But even freshness can be impenetrable, and cruel The memory of the mornings of childhood.
Who was he, who had he been in the light, I did not know, I still do not.
But I also see him on the boulevard, Walking slowly, so much weariness Weighing down the way he now moved, He was going back to work, while I Was wandering about with some of my classmates At the beginning of an afternoon still free from time.
To this figure, seen from afar, moving on its way, I dedicate the words that cannot say what they would.
(In the dining room Of the Sunday afternoon, in summer, The shutters closed against the heat, The table cleared, he suggested Cards, since these are the only pictures In the childhood house to satisfy The needs of dream, but he leaves, And when he does, the child clumsily takes the cards, He puts the winning ones in the other’s hand, Then waits feverishly for the game to begin again, And for the one who was losing to win, and so triumphantly That he might see in this victory a sign, something To nourish some hope the child cannot know.
After this, two paths part, and one of them Vanishes, and almost immediately, forgetfulness Sets in, avid, relentless.
I have crossed out These words a hundred times, in verse, in prose, But I cannot Stop them from coming back.

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The house where I was born (01)

 I woke up, it was the house where I was born,
Sea foam splashed against the rock,
Not a single bird, only the wind to open and close the wave,
Everywhere on the horizon the smell of ashes,
As if the hills were hiding a fire
That somewhere else was burning up a universe.
I went onto the veranda, the table was set, The water knocked against the legs of the table, the sideboard.
And yet she had to come in, the faceless one, The one I knew was shaking the door In the hall, near the darkened staircase, but in vain, So high had the water already risen in the room.
I took the handle, it was hard to turn, I could almost hear the noises of the other shore, The laughter of the children playing in the tall grass, The games of the others, always the others, in their joy.
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The house where I was born (02)

  I woke up, it was the house where I was born.
It was raining softly in all the rooms, I went from one to another, looking at The water that shone on the mirrors Piled up everywhere, some broken or even Pushed between the furniture and the walls.
It was from these reflections that sometimes a face Would emerge, laughing, of a gentleness That was different from what the world is.
And, with a hesitant hand, I touched in the image The tossled hair of the goddess, Beneath the veil of the water I could see the sad, distracted face of a little girl.
Bewilderment between being and not being, Hand that is reluctant to touch the mist, Then I listened as the laughter faded away In the halls of the empty house.
Here nothing but forever the gift of the dream, The outstretched hand that does not cross The fast flowing water where memories vanish.
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The house where I was born (05)

 In the same dream
I am lying in the hollow of a boat,
My forehead and eyes against the curved planks
Where I can hear the undercurrents
Striking the bottom of the boat.
All at once, the prow rises up, And I think that we’ve come to the estuary, But I keep my eyes against the wood That smells of tar and glue.
Too vast, too luminous the images That I have gathered in my sleep.
Why rediscover, outside, The things that words tell me of, But without convincing me, I desire a higher or less somber shore.
And yet I give up this ground that stirs Beneath the body waking to itself, I get up, I go from room to room in the house, They are endless now, I can hear the cries of voices behind doors, I am seized by these sorrows that knock Against the ruined casings, I hurry on, The lingering night is too heavy for me, Frightened, I go into a room cluttered with desks, Look, I’m told, this was your classroom, See on the walls the first images you looked at, Look, the tree, look, there, the yelping dog, And the geography map on the yellow wall, This fading of names and forms, This effacing of mountains and rivers By the whiteness that freezes language.
Look, this was your only book.
The Isis of the plaster On the wall of this room, which is pealing away, Never had, nor ever will have anything other To open for you, to close on you.
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The house where I was born (10)

 And then life; and once again
A house where I was born.
Around us The granary above what once had been a church, The gentle play of shadow from the dawn clouds, And in us that smell of the dry straw That had seemed to be waiting for us From the moment the last sack, of wheat or rye, Had been brought in so long ago, In the eternity of former summers Whose light was filtered through the warm tiles.
I could sense that day was about to break, I was waking, and now I turn once more Toward the one who dreamed beside me In the lonely house.
To her silence I dedicate, at night, The words that only seem to be speaking of something else.
(I was waking, I loved those days we had, days preserved The way a river flows slowly, though already Caught in the vaulting rumbling of the sea.
They were passing through us, with the majesty of simple things, The mighty sails of what is were kind enough to take Precarious human life on board the ship That the mountain spread out around us.
O memory, They covered with the flapping of their silence The sound, of water on the stones, of our voices, And up ahead, there might well be death, But with that milky color you find at the end of beaches In the evening, when far off The children still touch bottom, and laugh in the peaceful water, And keep on playing.

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Passer-By These Are Words

 Passer-by, these are words.
But instead of reading I want you to listen: to this frail Voice like that of letters eaten by grass.
Lend an ear, hear first of all the happy bee Foraging in our almost rubbed-out names.
It flits between two sprays of leaves, Carrying the sound of branches that are real To those that filigree the still unseen.
Then know an even fainter sound, and let it be The endless murmuring of all our shades.
Their whisper rises from beneath the stones To fuse into a single heat with that blind Light you are as yet, who can still gaze.
May your listening be good! Silence Is a threshold where a twig breaks in your hand, Imperceptibly, as you attempt to disengage A name upon a stone: And so our absent names untangle your alarms.
And for you who move away, pensively, Here becomes there without ceasing to be.
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The house where I was born (09)

 And then the day came
When I heard the extraordinary lines in Keats,
The evocation of Ruth “when, sick for home,
She stood in tears amid the alien corn.
” I did not need to search for the meaning Of these words, For it was in me since childhood, I had only to recognize and to love it When it came back from the depths of my life.
What could I take From the evasive maternal presence If not the feeling of exile and tears That clouded that gaze searching to find In things close by the place forever lost?
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The house where I was born (04)

 Another time.
It was still night.
Water slid Silently on the black ground, And I knew that my only task would be To remember, and I laughed, I bent down, I took from the mud A pile of branches and leaves, I lifted up the whole dripping mass In arms I held close to my heart.
What to do with this wood where The sound of color rose from so much absence, It hardly mattered, I went in haste, looking for At least some kind of shed, beneath the load Of branches that were full of Rough edges, stabbing pains, points, cries.
And voices that cast shadows on the road, Or called to me, and, my heart beating fast, I turned around to face the empty road.
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The house where I was born (06)

 I woke up, but I was travelling,
The train had rolled throughout the night,
It was now going toward huge clouds
That were standing, packed together, down there,
Dawn rent from time to time by forks of lightning.
I watched the advent of the world In the bushes of the embankment; and all at once That other fire below a field Of stones and vines.
The wind, the rain Blew its smoke back against the ground, But a red flame flared up, Taking by the handful the base of the sky.
How long were you burning, wine grower’s fire, Who wanted you there, and for whom on this earth? And then it was day; and the sun Cast its thousand shafts of light On the lace that covered the blue woolen cushions In the compartment where people slept, Their heads still nodding.
I did not sleep, I was still at the age when one is full of hope, I dedicated my words to the low mountains That I could see coming through the windows.
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The house where I was born (08)

 I open my eyes, yes, it’s the house where I was born,
Exactly as it was and nothing more.
The same small dining room whose window Gives onto a peach tree that never grows.
A man and a woman are seated At this window, facing one another, They are talking, for once.
And the child Sees them from the end of the garden, watches them, He knows that people can be born from such words.
Behind the parents the room is dark.
The man has just come home from work.
Weariness, The halo that surrounds all he does, The only one given his son to see, Is already removing him from this shore.