Pierre Reverdy : Late in life

I am hard

I am tender
                             And I lost my time
                             Dreaming without sleeping
                             Sleeping while walking

Wherever I passed by
I found my absence
I am nowhere

Except the nothingness
But I’m hiding at the top of the bowels
At the place where the lightning has hit too often
A heart where every word left its keenness
And where my life drops to the slightest move.

Benyamin Bensalah


Translated from the French poem of Pierre Reverdy, “Tard dans la vie”(1960).

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