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Paul Eluard

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

I Cannot be Known


I cannot be known
Better than you know me

Your eyes in which we sleep
We together
Have made for my man's gleam
A better fate than for the common nights

Your eyes in which I travel
Have given to signs along the roads
A meaning alien to the earth

In your eyes who reveal to us
Our endless solitude

Are no longer what they thought themselves to be

You cannot be known
Better than I know you.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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