put to true and false uses, a word is tied

Golden Poem
Gerard de Nerval

everything is alive
PYTHAGORAS

free of the dead,
what can be thought
seems to be yours in this world
where it all coheres
free to spend some powers,
but the universe is absent
from all your plans

take the ghost stirring
in an animal each
flower, a piece of light
scattering love’s mystery
asleep in metal alive
the coherence takes power
over you

in the blind wall, you fear
the blindness which sees you
even to matter, put to
true and false uses,
a word is tied

translation by Robin Blaser

One Response to “put to true and false uses, a word is tied”

  1. bullock83 Ken Bullock Says:

    “But who would wear Gerard de Nerval’s cravat?” — Isadore Ducasse (Lautreamont), ‘Poesies’

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