Paul Valery

(1871 - 1945 / Sete / France)

The Steps - Poem by Paul Valery

Your steps, children of my silence,
Holily, slowly placed,
Towards the bed of my vigilance
Proceed dumb and frozen.

Nobody pure, divine shade,
That they are soft, your steps selected!
Gods!… all the gifts which I guess
Come to me on these naked feet!

If, of your advanced lips,
You prepare to alleviate it,
An inhabitant of my thoughts
The food of a kiss,

Does not hasten this tender act,
To be soft and not to be not?
Because I lived to await you,
And my heart was only your steps.

Comments about The Steps by Paul Valery

  • Anil Kumar Panda (10/30/2017 10:41:00 AM)

    Very nice. Soft and with a nice flow.Loved it. (Report) Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/30/2017 4:30:00 AM)

    A poem with great theme beautifully crafted. (Report) Reply

  • Sakalabaktula Sairaj (10/30/2017 3:59:00 AM)

    so nice poem sir, do write more i am waiting to read more (Report) Reply

    Seamus O Brian (10/30/2017 11:59:00 AM)

    Unfortunately, you will wait longer. This version of his life is complete.

  • Susan Williams (10/30/2016 5:24:00 PM)

    I see my education needs to be expanded. I have never read Paul Valery before but I shall now. He has much to teach us. (Report) Reply

  • Charles Mgbekem (10/30/2016 5:02:00 PM)

    Awesome poem. I should read this again and again (Report) Reply

  • (10/30/2016 12:29:00 PM)

    An incredibly low rating for a Great poem by one of France's Greatest poets. Maybe he should have changed his name to Mary IntheLoo! (Report) Reply

  • (10/30/2016 6:55:00 AM)

    Nobody pure, divine shade...........
    Marvelous conceptualization. Thanks for sharing.
    (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (10/30/2016 6:28:00 AM)

    There is a pall of mysticism spread across the poem with a philosophic undertones. The expressions are exquisitely crafted. I quote:
    Your steps, children of my silence,
    Holily, slowly placed,
    Towards the bed of my vigilance
    Proceed dumb and frozen.
    (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/30/2016 2:29:00 AM)

    Because I lived to await you...... Nice piece....... (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/30/2016 2:08:00 AM)

    Tender act
    Steps of life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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