Arthur Rimbaud

(20 October 1854 – 10 November 1891 / Charleville, Ardennes)

Friends - Poem by Arthur Rimbaud

Come, the Wines are off to the seaside,
and the waves by the million!
Look at wild Bitter rolling from the mountain tops!
Let us reach, like good pilgrims, green-pillared Absinthe…

Myself: No more of these landscapes.
What is drunkenness, friends?
I had soon - rather, even - rot in the pond,
beneath the horrible scum, near the floating driftwood.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 3, 2010

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