robert-desnos

Il était un grand nombre de fois

Un homme qui aimait une femme

Il était un grand nombre de fois

Une femme qui aimait un homme

Il était un grand nombre de fois

Une femme et un homme

Qui n’aimaient pas celui et celle qui les aimaient

Il était une fois

Une seule fois peut-être

Une femme et un homme qui s’aimaient

—  Robert Desnos, Il était une fois

Man Ray, Waking Dream Séance, 1924
[Max Morise, Roger Vitrac, Jacques-André Boiffard, André Breton, Paul Éluard, Pierre Naville, Giorgio de Chirico, Philippe Soupault, Simone Kahn Breton, Jacques Baron, Robert Desnos]

I have dreamed of you so much that you are no longer real.
Is there still time for me to reach your breathing body,
to kiss your mouth and make
your dear voice come alive again?

I have dreamed of you so much that my arms,
grown used to being crossed on my chest
as I hugged your shadow,
would perhaps not bend to the shape of your body.
For faced with the real form of what has haunted me
and governed me for so many
days and years,
I would surely become a shadow.

O scales of feeling.

I have dreamed of you so much that surely there is no more time for me to wake up.
I sleep on my feet prey to all the forms of life and love,
and you, the only one who
counts for me today,
I can no more touch your face and lips
than touch the lips and
face of some passerby.

I have dreamed of you so much, have walked so much,
talked so much, slept so much
with your phantom, that perhaps the only thing left for me is to become a phantom
among phantoms, a shadow a hundred times
more shadow than the shadow
the moves and goes on moving, brightly,
over the sundial of your life.

—  Robert Desnos
Loin de moi, une étoile filante choit dans la bouteille nocturne du poète. Il met vivement le bouchon et dès lors il guette l'étoile enclose dans le verre, il guette les constellations qui naissent sur les parois, loin de moi, tu es loin de moi.
Si tu savais.
—  Robert Desnos “Si tu savais
Ce n’est pas une femme, c’est une flamme, elle est mieux qu’intelligente: sensible, plus que belle: émouvante. La femme moderne, si longtemps calomniée par les sots, trouve en elle sa plus haute expression.
—  Robert Desnos

Dans un cocktail couleur tango
je buvais les yeux de ma belle :
l’un est vert l’autre mirabelle,
je buvais les yeux de Margot.

Margot mon rêve, au pas d’un tango,
a piétiné l’image frêle,
ses yeux aux couleurs rebelles
troublés par mon chalumeau.

Le divin cocktail de mes larmes,
par un beau soir à Monaco,
Ô fées Méditerranéennes,
Je l’ai bu au son d’un tango.

Robert Desnos
Recueil : “Prospectus”

I have dreamed of you so much that you are no longer real.
Is there still time for me to reach your breathing body, to kiss your mouth and make
your dear voice come alive again?

I have dreamed of you so much that my arms, grown used to being crossed on my
chest as I hugged your shadow, would perhaps not bend to the shape of your body.
For faced with the real form of what has haunted me and governed me for so many
days and years, I would surely become a shadow.

O scales of feeling.

I have dreamed of you so much that surely there is no more time for me to wake up.
I sleep on my feet prey to all the forms of life and love, and you, the only one who
counts for me today, I can no more touch your face and lips than touch the lips and
face of some passerby.

I have dreamed of you so much, have walked so much, talked so much, slept so much
with your phantom, that perhaps the only thing left for me is to become a phantom
among phantoms, a shadow a hundred times more shadow than the shadow that 
moves and goes on moving, brightly, over the sundial of your life.

—  Robert Desnos
Mai altra che te
Ed io solo solo solo come l'edera appassita dei giardini
di periferia solo come il bicchiere
E mai altra che te.
— 

Robert Desnos, Mai altra che te… (Jamais d'autre que toi…), ultimi versi, in “Poesie d'amore del Novecento”, trad. P.D. Lombardi

Jamais jamais d'autre que toi
Et moi seul seul seul comme le lierre fané des jardins
de banlieue seul comme la verte
Et toi jamais d'autre que toi.