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THIS IS NOW (5.46 PM) | by Siri Chandra
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The virgin, the vivacious and the beautiful (to)day (Stéphane MALLARME)


The virgin, the vivacious and the beautiful (to)day

Will it rip for us with a drunken blow of its wing

This hard forgotten lake that haunts under the frost

The transparent glacier of flights not taken!


A swan of times past remembers that it was he

Magnificent but who hopelessly frees himself

For not having sung the land of living

When through winter’s sterility boredom glimmered.


His whole neck will shake off this white agony

By this place inflicted upon the bird that denies it,

But not the horror of the ground where the feathers are trapped.


Ghost who to this site its pure radiance assigns,

He stands still to the cold dream of disdain

That wears in its useless exile the Swan.

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Taken on March 7, 2009