fleurs du mal, or, the costive gardener

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fleurs du mal, or, the costive gardener

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syyskuu 22, 2017, 5:40 pm

In honor of the flowering of the Amorphophallus Titanum ("Corpse Flower") at the Botanic Garden,

A Carcass

My love, do you recall the object which we saw,
That fair, sweet, summer morn!
At a turn in the path a foul carcass
On a gravel strewn bed,

Its legs raised in the air, like a lustful woman,
Burning and dripping with poisons,
Displayed in a shameless, nonchalant way
Its belly, swollen with gases.

The sun shone down upon that putrescence,
As if to roast it to a turn,
And to give back a hundredfold to great Nature
The elements she had combined;

And the sky was watching that superb cadaver
Blossom like a flower.
So frightful was the stench that you believed
You'd faint away upon the grass.

The blow-flies were buzzing round that putrid belly,
From which came forth black battalions
Of maggots, which oozed out like a heavy liquid
All along those living tatters.

All this was descending and rising like a wave,
Or poured out with a crackling sound;
One would have said the body, swollen with a vague breath,
Lived by multiplication.

And this world gave forth singular music,
Like running water or the wind,
Or the grain that winnowers with a rhythmic motion
Shake in their winnowing baskets.

The forms disappeared and were no more than a dream,
A sketch that slowly falls
Upon the forgotten canvas, that the artist
Completes from memory alone.

Crouched behind the boulders, an anxious dog
Watched us with angry eye,
Waiting for the moment to take back from the carcass
The morsel he had left.

— And yet you will be like this corruption,
Like this horrible infection,
Star of my eyes, sunlight of my being,
You, my angel and my passion!

Yes! thus will you be, queen of the Graces,
After the last sacraments,
When you go beneath grass and luxuriant flowers,
To molder among the bones of the dead.

Then, O my beauty! say to the worms who will
Devour you with kisses,
That I have kept the form and the divine essence
Of my decomposed love!

- Charles Baudelaire

syyskuu 22, 2017, 6:00 pm


Muokkaaja: syyskuu 23, 2017, 7:20 am

I was going to go for a walk today on a country road, but now I don't know.

syyskuu 23, 2017, 4:51 pm

Is this your own translation?

syyskuu 23, 2017, 7:14 pm

No - that would have taken me till next season. It is William Aggeler, pulled from among several others here: https://fleursdumal.org/poem/126. The site is a favorite of mine.

syyskuu 24, 2017, 9:37 pm

Costive? I thought Baudelaire was more of a crepehanger or epopt of urban venery?*

*Having perused a well-thumbed copy of Dimboxes, Epopts, and Other Quidams by David Grambs. A tome befitting our group of hemeralopes, schlimazls, and carpet knights.

syyskuu 24, 2017, 10:31 pm

Costive in self-reference... my strained outburst of contribution.

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