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Cocteau, Jean: Aglaé

Portre of Cocteau, Jean

Aglaé (French)

Je bois l'eau froide par saccades

Coup de couteau je bois encor

O lourde lourde cavalcade

Galope dans la nuit du corps


Le jet d'eau boîte, éclabousse

le massif de bégonias

On dirait que dans l'herbe il y a

Des morceaux mouillés de langouste


Aux profondeurs d'un océan

Deux poissons aux belles ouïes

chantent sur un arbre blanc

Mais leur chanson n'est pas ouïe


Tu n'auras jamais Amphitrite

Ce joli cortège de truites 

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Aglaé (English)

I drink the cold water in jerks

thrust of a knife I drink again

o heavy heavy cavalcade

gallop in the body's night


the water fount limps, splashes

the mass of begonias

one would say there are wet pieces

of lobster in the grass


in the depths of an ocean

two fish with fine hearing

are singing on a white tree

but their song is not heard


Amphitrite you will never have

this pretty procession of trout

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