Thursday, October 27, 2011

To read or not to read

[Exeunt Sibyl and her courtiers]

[Enter Ridao]

To read, or not to read,—that is the question:—
Whether 'tis nobler in the butt to suffer
The kicks and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a flock of bastards,
And by opposing end them?—To laugh,—to spit,—
No more; and by a spit to say we wet
The forehead of the Sibyl, and the thousand books she reads,
or says that she reads,—'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To piss her off,—to read;—
To read! perchance to write —ay, there's the point;
For in that damned reading the poems may come,
When we have pissed her off and kick her balls,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so big bollocks;
For who would bear the whips and blows of her,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's scorns,
The pangs of her sultry voice, the edition’s delay,
The stupidity of others, and the spurns
That patient merit of the idiot takes,
When he himself might his books make
With a bare blogger? Who would this sucking up,
To creep and sweat under a weary life,
But that the hope of fame after death,—
The undiscover'd honour, from whose bourn
No pretentious writer returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather silly, those ills we have
Than fly to others that we fuck not off?
Thus vanity does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of boldness
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of publication;
And enterprises of great pith and moment,
With this regard, their currents lose their weight,
And lose the name of writing.—Soft you now!
The fair Sibyl!—Jerk, in thy orisons
Kiss my ass and go to hell.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Poor little swallow

To the memory of Carmen Salas-White

I don't know which is better,
End or triumph,
Death or lie,
Harvest or hunger,
Teardrops moistening my bedroom carpet,
Fear every morning,
Slaughter in the night,
Or joy after the never-ending cry
Of a poor, little swallow

come on, lovley bird
give us your blessing
and don't let us fade

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Le petit chat

Aujourd'hui j'ai vu un petit chat parmi les roses
de la couleur de la lune.
Il a crié mon nom,
mais j'ais pensé que c'était le nom d'un autre chat, qu'il a cherché.
Aucun chat n'est venu,
et je suis resté muet, la tête basse.

J'avais oublié mon propre nom,
et ce petit chat-là m'a fait pleurer
avec des larmes rayonnantes.

Scent of a child

Unopened envelopes lurk over my shoulder
to remind me that I can't get to sleep
and forget the unforgettable.
The screen, bluer than the seven skys,
keep asking usernames and passwords,
and I can only think
on his innocent, pure face,
his nose scenting the wreck,
unconscious of my loving care.

Monday, February 7, 2011

L'étoile gris

Et toi, cher ami, qu'est-ce que tu penses

de mes dernières boutades?
Pourquoi tu ne me craches pas
ta rage aux yeux,
avec un mépris infini?

Je suis tout seul, touché et fier,
remplis de haine, comme d'ennui,
misérable, brave, perdu,
une étoile gris dans un ciel douloureux.