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 I consult a schedule; the names of the towns have been
replaced by the names of people who have been quite close to me.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

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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