|Francis Ponge [pic courtesy of Eleanor]|
from Francis Ponge’s Mute Objects of Expression, tr. Lee Fahnestock:
Complementary Vanities (poetry)
Top-of-their-lungs in abundance tender-feathered
On the côte d’azure are cheeping gold.
Florabundant, top-of-their-lungs, tender-feathered
Between two indefinite blocks of azure
A hundred vainglorious chicks are cheeping gold.
O glorious naifs that once we were
Hatched beneath omega azure
Top-of-our-lungs and feather-bruised
Golden chicks of the mimosa.
Inasmuch as a faithful witness of azure
Nostrils wide breathe their oracles
Florabundant top-of-their-lungs tender-feathered
Chicks of the mimosa cheep of gold.