Paris CityPoem, photo legilimens

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A CityPoem from Paris, donated by legilimens. Thank you!

Paris CityPoem: Passant, Yves Bonnefoy

The photo was taken in Paris, near Rue de Moufftard.

Passer-by,
watch this great tree
and from across,
it can suffice.For the same ripped apart, tarnished,
the tree of streets
the whole sky,
the bird nestles in it,
the wind blows in it, the sun
here expresses the same hope in spite of
death.Philosopher,
do you have a chance to have the tree
down your street,
your thoughts are less laborious
your eyes more free,
your hands more desirable
for fewer nights.

See also the first CityPoems in Paris on Inspiring Cities, Miss.Tic.

Text in French

Passant,
regarde ce grand arbre
et à travers lui,
il peut suffire.

Car même déchiré, souillé,
l’arbre des rues,
c’est toute la nature,
tout le ciel,
l’oiseau s’y pose,
le vent y bouge, le soleil
y dit le même espoir malgré
la mort.

Philosophe,
as-tu chance d’avoir l’arbre
dans ta rue,
tes pensées seront moins ardues,
tes yeux plus libres,
tes mains plus désireuses
de moins de nuit

Pierre Alechinsky / Yves Bonnefoy