Monday, April 22, 2013

Face the Animal

Here’s another for National Poetry Month. It’s by French poet Jean Follain (1903-1971).
Face the Animal

It’s not always easy
to face the animal
even if it looks at you
without fear or hate
it does so fixedly
and seems to disdain
the subtle secret it carries
it seems better to feel
the obviousness of the world
that noisily day and night
drills and damages
the silence of the soul.
Translated from the French by Heather McHugh. From A Book of Luminous Things:

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