Painful memory of given up Faith

translated from the French



Expelled God

Smells of stagnant waters where my memory's mire
Conjure up a demon, escaping from a quire,
Angrily gasping for sulphurous, cutting breath,
Raising to the night skies his gleaming flag of wrath.

A proud, scornful angel whom bright light may consume
Who in the stifling bush will forcibly clear room
To ease his dream of paradise. These smells have laid
A trap where my regrets were caught. These smells have made

A mess of my years spent, mirrored, - shrouded evil -,
The graves of sturdy gods, that are milestones, anvils
Whereon they wrought for the exile of his visions
Who sailed off on his dreadful peregrinations,

His chains of terror, - gods slow, ponderous and dire.

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Des odeurs d'eaux croupies habitent ma mémoire.
Un faune qui surgit, échappant d'un grimoire-
- Halètements, rages de souffres, souffles, dards-
Accroche au ciel des nuits des lueurs d'étendards,

Un ange dédaigneux calciné de lumières
Au fourré qui l'étreint déchirant des clairières
Rêve de paradis. Ces odeurs ont tendu
Le piège où mes regrets se prennent, confondu

Mes âges, reflété, dressés au fond de brumes
Les sépulcres de dieux massifs, jalons, enclûmes,
Qui lorsque l'exilé chassé des visions,
De l'épouvantement commença l'aventure,

Forgèrent ses terreurs en chaînes, lents, lourds, durs.




Poetry by Michel Galiana
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Written on 2008-01-07 at 11:31

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