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Monday, 15 January 2018

Baudelaire: Moesta et Errabunda / they're never going to believe we were driven underground by a giant stuffed bunny just before the war

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_DSC6713 | by Pierre Wayser

_DSC6713: photo by Pierre Wayser, 12 August 2017

_DSC1209 | by Pierre Wayser

L1003122 | by Pierre Wayser

L1003122 | Hong Kong 2009: photo by Pierre Wayser, 16 March 2009

L1000607 | by Pierre Wayser

L1002884 | by Pierre Wayser

L1002884 | Hong Kong 2009: photo by Pierre Wayser, 15 March 2009

Charles Baudelaire: Moesta et Errabunda
 
Dis-moi, ton coeur parfois s'envole-t-il, Agathe,
Loin du noir océan de l'immonde cité,
Vers un autre océan où la splendeur éclate,
Bleu, clair, profond, ainsi que la virginité ?
Dis-moi, ton coeur parfois s'envole-t-il, Agathe!

La mer, la vaste mer, console nos labeurs!
Quel démon a doté la mer, rauque chanteuse
Qu'accompagne l'immense orgue des vents grondeurs,
De cette fonction sublime de berceuse?
La mer, la vaste mer, console nos labeurs!

Emporte-moi, wagon! enlève-moi, frégate!
Loin! loin! ici la boue est faite de nos pleurs!
- Est-il vrai que parfois le triste coeur d'Agathe
Dise : Loin des remords, des crimes, des douleurs,
Emporte-moi, wagon, enlève-moi, frégate?

Comme vous êtes loin, paradis parfumé,
Où sous un clair azur tout n'est qu'amour et joie,
Où tout ce que l'on aime est digne d'être aimé,
Où dans la volupté pure le coeur se noie!
Comme vous êtes loin, paradis parfumé!

Mais le vert paradis des amours enfantines,
Les courses, les chansons, les baisers, les bouquets,
Les violons vibrant, derrière les collines,
Avec les brocs (le vins, le soir, dans les bosquets,
Mais le vert paradis des Amours enfantines,

L'innocent paradis, plein de plaisirs furtifs,
Est-il déjà plus loin que l'Inde et que la Chine?
Peut-on le rappeler avec des cris plaintifs,
Et l'animer encor d'une voix argentine,
L'innocent paradis plein de plaisirs furtifs?

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867): Moesta et Errabunda, 1851, from Les Fleurs du Mal (1857)

1978_55566 | by Pierre Wayser

1978_55566 | Philippines 1978 Marinduque, Philippines 1978: photo by Pierre Wayser, sometime in 1978

_MG_2903 | by Pierre Wayser

_MG2903 [Musée de la Marine, Paris]: photo by Pierre Wayser, 18 August 2011
Moesta et Errabunda
 
Agatha, does your heart rise up and fly,
Far from the city's black and sordid sea
Towards a sea that's blue as any sky,
And clear and deep as pure virginity?
Agatha, does your heart rise up and fly?


The sea, the mighty sea, consoles our labour.
What demon taught the sea with raucous verse
To choir the organ which the winds belabour
And lullaby our sorrows like a nurse?
The sea, the mighty sea, consoles our labour.


Train, bear me; take me, ship, to other climes!
Far, far! For here the mud is made of tears.
— Does Agatha's sad heart not say, at times,
"Far from remorses, sorrows, crimes, and fears,
Train, bear me; take me, ship, to other climes"?


How distant is that perfumed paradise!
Where all is joy and love with azure crowned,
Where all one loves is truly worth the price,
And hearts in pure voluptuousness are drowned.
How distant is that perfumed paradise!


But the green paradise of childish love,
Of races, songs, and kisses, and bouquets,
Of fiddles shrilling in the hills above,
And jars of wine, and woods, and dying rays —
But the green paradise of childish love,


Innocent paradise of furtive joys,
Is it far off as India or Hong Kong?
Could it be conjured by a plaintive voice
Or animated by a silver song —
That far off paradise of furtive joys?


Charles Baudelaire: Moesta et Errabunda, English version by Roy Campbell, 1952

1978_69669 | by Pierre Wayser

SDIM1095 | by Pierre Wayser

SDIM1095 | Paris: photo by Pierre Wayser, 5 April 2008

DSC03878 | by Pierre Wayser

DSCF1448 | by Pierre Wayser

1985_9922 | by Pierre Wayser

1985_9922 | Eighties [Paris]: photo by Pierre Wayser, sometime in 1985

1985_9910 | by Pierre Wayser

1988_9994 | by Pierre Wayser

1988_9984 | Eighties: photo by Pierre Wayser, sometime in 1988

1988_9904 | by Pierre Wayser

1908_9904 | Sydney 1988: photo by Pierre Wayser, sometime in 1988

1986_98551 | by Pierre Wayser

L1023283 | by Pierre Wayser

1974_8624 | by Pierre Wayser

1974_8624 | Seventies: photo by Pierre Wayser, sometime in 1974

1976_6252 | by Pierre Wayser

1976_6252 | Seventies: photo by Pierre Wayser, sometime in 1976

_MG_8424 | by Pierre Wayser

_MG_8424: photo by Pierre Wayser, 25 March 2011
 

Dieter Zetsche (L), chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG, and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger toast the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). #GettyImagesNews: image via scott olson @olsongetty, 15 January 2018


For $350k I guess you would expect your #Rolls-Royce Dawn to come with an umbrella stashed in the door jam. #NAIAS #GettyImagesNews: image via scott olson @olsongetty, 14 January 2018

_DSF2694 | by Pierre Wayser

_DSF2694 | Paris: photo by Pierre Wayser, 12 November 2011
 

Evening fog along the East River #gettyimagesnews #fog #weather #dusk #blue #river #water #nyc #newyorkcity: image via Drew Angerer @drewangerer, 12 January 2018


#Philippines 12,000 flee as lava oozes from Philippine volcano Photo Simvale Sayat #AFP: image via AFP Photo Department @AFPphoto, 15 January 2018
 

 GAZA CITY - A Palestinian woman and her children are seen on the doorstep of their home in Gaza City Photo @mohmdabed #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 15 January 2018
 
No umbrella for Barron as he boards Air Force One with @realDonaldTrump #TrumpInPalmBeach: image via George Bennett @gbennettpost, 15 January 2018
 
Trump: downgrading Liberty since 2016 | by ADMurr

Trump: downgrading Liberty since 2016 [Trump shithole, LA]: photo by Andrew Murr, 13 January 2018