Classic and Contemporary Poetry
BRUSSELS, by ARTHUR RIMBAUD Poet's Biography
First Line: Amaranthine flower beds stretching to / jupiter's agreeable palace
Last Line: I know you and gaze at you in wonder.
Amaranthine flower beds stretching to
Jupiter's agreeable palace.
I know it's You, mingling here
Your almost Sahara Blue!
And how enclosed the play
Of the sun's vines and pines and roses,
Cage of the little widow! . . .
What troups of birds, pia, pio, piay! . . .
Mansions calm and ancient passions!
Kiosk of the Madwoman through affection.
And beyond the buttocks of the roses,
Juliet's balcony, shadowy and low.
La Juliette, and we remember Henriette,
O what a charming railway station,
As in an orchard's depth, deep in the mountain,
Where blue devils by the thousand dance in the air.
Green bench where the white Irishwoman sings
To the paradise of storm on her guitar,
And from the dining room Guianan,
Cackling of children and of cages.
The ducal window that makes you think
Of snail's poison and of boxwood
Asleep down here in the sun.
It's too too beautiful! Let's be still.
-Boulevard without traffic or trade,
Silent, all drama and comedy too,
Reunion of endless scenes,
I know you and gaze at you in wonder.
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