The Owls

Ce poeme suivant je de’die’e a` m’ami bienestime’e, Danyel La Chouette ! – Le Chateau Demoiselle   
 
  by Roger Tory Peterson  
 
by Charles Baudelaire
 
 
Under the yew tree’s heavy weight
The owls stand in their sullen fashions,
Like Pagan gods of Pagan passions
They dart their eyes and meditate.
 
Unmoving they stare with living flame
Until the end of the melancholy
Hour sees the oblique sun set in folly,
And darkness falls in shades of shame.
 
Their aspect to the wise man teaches
All that he needs, all he beseeches,
Tumult and change and discontent;
 
The man drunk of a shadow that passes
Keeps always the imperishable scent
That makes the wind change and the grasses.
 
 
 
This translation by Arthur Symons is Copyrighted  
MCMXLVII by The Citadel Press
 
Who- whooo loves you true? The Castle Lady that’s who !  
 

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7 Responses to The Owls

  1. Theresa says:

    I really enjoyed that poem.  Thank you for sharing it.  It was new to me.

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  2. Leona says:

    Hey Evelyn, I love the poem. It is really beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
     
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  3. Danyel says:

    Thanks for this very nice poem ! Friendly, kisses. Danyel

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  4. MAGIC JP says:

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  5. Evelyn says:

    I\’m so glad everyone has enjoyed this poem. This one among a few others was my introduction to Baudelaire. He wasn\’t just poet he was an enigma who had the ability to nail obscure moods into words. I don\’t like all his poetry but I have adored this one. The Castle Lady

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  6. Jean-Jacques says:

    Thanks \’for Merry Christmas\’… Pour toi aussi " Joyeux Noël " et une Heureuse et Belle Année 2009…Gros bisous "à la Française"…. pour toi, amie!!! à bientôt… JJSMon image-cadeau de Noël :http://www.hiboox.fr/go/images/divers/bloggif-493314358800c,91118a5aa3e625308237c3b947ce13eb.gif.html

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    Cheers!

    This is the basic WordPress theme but I used all the options for their templates and color schemes. Photos and text are all mine. Thanks for the great compliment. – The Castle Lady

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