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Read me two times | 17 comments I

We aren't serious when we're seventeen.

—One fine evening, to hell with beer and lemonade,

Noisy cafés with their shining lamps!

We walk under the green linden trees of the park


The lindens smell good in the good June evenings! 

At times the air is so scented that we close our eyes.

The wind laden with sounds—the town isn't far—

Has the smell of grapevines and beer . . .

II

—There you can see a very small patch

Of dark blue, framed by a little branch,

Pinned up by a naughty star, that melts

In gentle quivers, small and very white . . .


Night in June! Seventeen years old! —We are overcome by it all

The sap is champagne and goes to our head . . .

We talked a lot and feel a kiss on our lips

Trembling there like a small insect . . .

III

Our wild heart moves through novels like Robinson Crusoe,

—When, in the light of a pale street lamp,

A girl goes by attractive and charming

Under the shadow of her father's terrible collar . . .


And as she finds you incredibly naïve,

While clicking her little boots,

She turns abruptly and in a lively way . . .

—Then cavatinas die on your lips . . .

IV

You are in love. Occupied until the month of August.

You are in love. —Your sonnets make Her laugh.

All your friends go off, you are ridiculous.

—Then one evening the girl you worship deigned to write to you . . . !


—That evening, . . . —you return to the bright cafés,

You ask for beer or lemonade . . .

—We're not serious when we are seventeen

And when we have green linden trees in the park.


Read me two times | 17 comments I love Rimbaud since I was 16, so it's more than half my life. This is not his first poem I've read, but I read it when I was seventeen, so it's kind of special to me.
It's fresh, naive, funny, melancholic and young.
Hope you enjoy :)


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What a beautiful poem, Anarchic Rain. It brought me right back to being 17 and falling in love for the first time, and it brought it back with power and beauty. Thank you for making such a wonderful choice.


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Leslie | 15985 comments Great selection Anarchic Rain! I agree with Terri that it evoked the feeling of being 17 and in love very well.


Read me two times | 17 comments thanx everyone! I'm so glad you like it too!! ^*^


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LauraT (laurata) | 13415 comments Mod
Anarchic Rain wrote: "I love Rimbaud since I was 16, so it's more than half my life. This is not his first poem I've read, but I read it when I was seventeen, so it's kind of special to me.
It's fresh, naive, funny, me..."


I can't say I know him well, some little things here and there.
I love the song about him by Vecchioni ....


Read me two times | 17 comments yeah, me too! but I know the song thanx only to the poet, not the contrary XD if you'll ever happen to have his A season in hell, read it, it's "gothicly" beautiful ;)


B the BookAddict (bthebookaddict) | 8315 comments Beautiful, AR.


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Gill | 5720 comments Thanks, Anarchic Rain. This is a lovely choice.


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LauraT (laurata) | 13415 comments Mod
Anarchic Rain wrote: "yeah, me too! but I know the song thanx only to the poet, not the contrary XD if you'll ever happen to have his A season in hell, read it, it's "gothicly" beautiful ;)"

I will, thanks!


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Greg | 7684 comments Mod
I like the humor in this as well Anarchic Rain, his acknowledgement of the fickleness. Great choice!


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Joan I'd never read a poem by Rimbaud. He certainly catches the feeling of a crush at 17.
I imagined a great contrast between the fresh, green smell of the lindens in the park and then the stale, sour smell of the beer wafting past on the breeze...but then I'm a country kid who doesn't like beer.


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