Less Time Poem by Andre Breton

Less Time

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Less time than it takes to say it, less tears than it takes to die; I've taken account of everything,
there you have it. I've made a census of the stones, they are as numerous as my fingers and some
others; I've distributed some pamphlets to the plants, but not all were willing to accept them. I've
kept company with music for a second only and now I no longer know what to think of suicide, for
if I ever want to part from myself, the exit is on this side and, I add mischievously, the entrance, the
re-entrance is on the other. You see what you still have to do. Hours, grief, I don't keep a
reasonable account of them; I'm alone, I look out of the window; there is no passerby, or rather no
one passes (underline passes). You don't know this man? It's Mr. Same. May I introduce Madam
Madam? And their children. Then I turn back on my steps, my steps turn back too, but I don't
know exactly what they turn back on. I consult a schedule; the names of the towns have been
replaced by the names of people who have been quite close to me. Shall I go to A, return to B,
change at X? Yes, of course I'll change at X. Provided I don't miss the connection with boredom!
There we are: boredom, beautiful parallels, ah! how beautiful the parallels are under God's
perpendicular.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Sue Ann Simar 04 January 2009

You always have to wonder about the translation, but this has vitality and wordplay.

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M Asim Nehal 02 December 2018

Yes very correct in analysing.

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Lantz Pierre 09 January 2017

Ah, there you have it, a little slice of the logic of imprecision, the mathematics of emotions. The locomotion and the stasis. Take a breath. Take two, no need to make it last, there's more. And there's less. Life is rather like this, no? Almost certainly no. At least that's what I know.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 09 January 2017

Nice piece of work++++++++ Thanks for sharing+++++++

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Edward Kofi Louis 09 January 2017

To day it. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 15 September 2021

A well crafted poem brilliantly expressed.

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Thaís Fernandes 02 December 2018

It was intelligently written. Congrats!

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Prabir Gayen 02 December 2018

Very good poem........

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Richard 10 January 2018

Nice poem, I liked the words. -Richard

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Sylvaonyema Uba 09 January 2017

Good delivery. Beautiful piece of poem. Sylva-Onyema Uba

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