Guillaume Apollinaire

(26 August 1880 – 9 November 1918 / Rome)

The Gypsy - Poem by Guillaume Apollinaire

The gypsy knew in advance
Our two lives star-crossed by night
We said farewell to her and then
from that deep well Hope began
Love heavy a performing bear
Danced upright when we wanted
And the blue bird lost his plumes
And the beggars lost their Ave
We knew quite well that we were damned
But hope of love in the street
Made us think hand in hand
Of what the Gypsy did foresee

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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