Michel Galiana

Rookie (1933-1999 / France)

Mermaid's Song 3 - Poem by Michel Galiana

Closed, the idle mouth, harbouring a regret
As if dyking a flow, stands still and it contains
A stifling inferno in hairs and appeals set
In the stomach that is still denied, and refrains...

And a whole swaying side unfurls its haunting fan.
Then two white and slim hills soaring, at last the cry-
And the learned and happy mouth quietens down and smiles,
Foam of the secret that presses and ties and bends.


Close la bouche oisive où habite un regret
Comme un jet sourd et tu s'immobilise, cloue
Un brasier suffoquant par les crins et l'attrait
Du ventre à nul encore accessible, se tait...

Et tout un flanc ployé dit hantise une roue.
Puis l'essor de deux pics blancs et grêles, le cri-
Et s'apaise savante et heureuse et sourit,
Ecume du secrêt qui pèse, ploie et noue.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, July 21, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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