Paul Eluard

(14 December 1895 – 18 November 1952 / Saint Denis / Paris)

Five Haiku


The wind
Undecided
Rolls a cigarette of air

The mute girl talks:
It is art's imperfection.
This impenetrable speech.

The motor car is truly launched:
Four martyrs' heads
Roll under the wheels.

Ah! a thousand flames, a fire,
The light, a shadow!
The sun is following me.

A feather gives to a hat
A touch of lightness:
The chimney smokes.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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