Classic and Contemporary Poetry
VOWELS, by ARTHUR RIMBAUD Poet's Biography
First Line: A black, e white, I red, u green, o blue
Last Line: -omega, the violet ray of his eyes!
A black, E white, I red, U green, O blue;
Someday I'll tell your latent birth O vowels:
A, a black corset hairy with gaudy flies
That bumble round all stinking putrefactions,
Gulfs of darkness; E, candors of steam and tents,
Icicles' proud spears, white kings, and flutter of parasols;
I, purple blood coughed up, laughter of lovely lips
In anger or ecstatic penitence;
U, cycles, divine vibrations of virescent seas,
Peace of the pastures sown with animals, peace
Of the wrinkles that alchemy stamps on studious brows;
O, Clarion supreme, full of strange stridences,
Silences crossed by Angels and Worlds:
-Omega, the violet ray of His Eyes!
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