La Tête du crépuscule/Head of dusk

Traduction complète en anglais en bas de la page/Full English translation at the bottom of the page

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Comment expulser ces anges dans mon crâne

leur musique qui s’insiste, les tambours qui résonnent

sans nuage de silence ni aucune raisonne

Une chanson d’amour – morte au début – ne prend fin.

Jamais je me viderai le cerveau des cris

du leon en pleine savane qui m’appelle maman

Le ciel s’ouvre devant la prière d’un ombre gris

mais l’escalier de ses oreilles n’achève pas notre étalon

et pendant tout ce temps les notes foncées résonnent

dans une mélodie, une prière au diable sans fin

L’oiselle de l’aube crache ses œufs pour faire prison

pour contenir les anges qui font rêver mon crâne.

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English Translation

However to expunge these angels from my skull

their music that insists itself inside, the resonating drums

without a cloud of silence, nor any reason

A love song – dead from the start – never ends.

I will never rid my brain of the screams

of the deep savannah lion calling me mother

The sky opens before a gray shadow’s prayer

but his ears’ stairs don’t reach down as far as us

and through all this the dark notes resonate

in a melody, a prayer to the devil, endless

The dawn-bird coughs up her eggs to build a prison

to contain the angels that make my skull dream.

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Image credits in order of appearance:

By Aleksandr Abrosimov – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45158700 Description: “Natural phenomena. Formation of ice balls (diameter 5–10 cm) in Stroomi Beach, Tallinn, Estonia. Sunset with the mist over the sea. Temperatures around minus 15–20 degrees.”

By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28198694 Description: “Amiens (Somme), France – Mural in the Amiens Cathedral representing an angel adorning the wall to the right of the lying of Ferry de Beauvoir.”

By Safranek-interia.eu – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31395132 Description: “Fried egg with a great smile.”

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