Charles Vildrac

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Charles Vildrac (November 22, 1882 – June 25, 1971), born "Charles Messager", was a French playwright and poet.

Born in Paris, Vildrac's first poems were written when he was a teenager in the 1890s. In 1901 he published Le Verlibrisme, a defense of traditional verse. In 1912 he published a collection of prose poems.

He was a member of the l'Abbaye de Créteil which he founded with Georges Duhamel. He died in Saint-Tropez.
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After Midnight
IT is at morning twilight they expire;
Death takes in hand, when midnight sounds,
Millions of bodies in their beds,
And scarcely anybody thinks of it ...
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2.
And Yet
NO water has abiding dwelling-place
Within one feeble hollow of the earth,
Which with the sky is face to face.
Let the noon glow, and the wind blow,
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3.
Chrysanthemums
AT the black foot of trellises, by almond-branches shaded,
At the heart of corbeils, at the breast of bowers,
And all along the loam of avenues,
Are fallen faded,
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Commentary
HERE, before me, the lamp, the paper;
And behind me this troubled day
Passed in myself
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5.
An Inn
IT is an inn there is
At the cross-roads of Chétives-Maisons,
In the land where it is always cold.
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