The house where I was born (01) – Yves Bonnefoy

I woke up, it was the house where I was born, Sea foam splashed against the rock, Not a single bird, only the wind to…

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The house where I was born (02) – Yves Bonnefoy

I woke up, it was the house where I was born. It was raining softly in all the rooms, I went from one to another,…

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The house where I was born (03) – Yves Bonnefoy

I woke up, it was the house where I was born, It was night, trees were crowding On all sides around our door, I was…

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The house where I was born (04) – Yves Bonnefoy

Another time. It was still night. Water slid Silently on the black ground, And I knew that my only task would be To remember, and…

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The house where I was born (05) – Yves Bonnefoy

In the same dream I am lying in the hollow of a boat, My forehead and eyes against the curved planks Where I can hear…

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The house where I was born (06) – Yves Bonnefoy

I woke up, but I was travelling, The train had rolled throughout the night, It was now going toward huge clouds That were standing, packed…

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The house where I was born (07) – Yves Bonnefoy

I remember, it was a morning, in summer, The window was half-open, I drew near, I could see my father at the end of the…

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The house where I was born (08) – Yves Bonnefoy

I open my eyes, yes, it’s the house where I was born, Exactly as it was and nothing more. The same small dining room whose…

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The house where I was born (09) – Yves Bonnefoy

And then the day came When I heard the extraordinary lines in Keats, The evocation of Ruth “when, sick for home, She stood in tears…

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The house where I was born (10) – Yves Bonnefoy

And then life; and once again A house where I was born. Around us The granary above what once had been a church, The gentle…

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Passer-By, These Are Words – Yves Bonnefoy

Passer-by, these are words. But instead of reading I want you to listen: to this frail Voice like that of letters eaten by grass. Lend…

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