Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Une Ballade des Femmes Perdues - William Faulkner

 'Mais ou sont les neiges d'antan'

I sing in the green dusk
Of ladies that I have loved — £a ne fait rien! Helas, vraiment, vraiment
Gay little ghosts of loves in silver sandals
They dance with quick feet on my lute strings
With the abandon of boarding school virgins
While unbidden moths
Amorous of my white seraglio
Call them with soundless love songs
A sort of ethereal seduction
They hear, alas
My women
And brush my lips with little ghostly kisses
Stealing away
Singly, their tiny ardent faces
Like windflowers from some blown garden of dreams
To their love nights among the roses
I am old, and alone
And the star dust from their wings
Has dimmed my eyes
I sing in the green dusk
Of lost ladies — Si vraiment charmant, charmant.

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