I do exist, I do love, I do survive – between love and nothingness…

je viens de relire un livre de poèmes d’Anna de Noailles… ombres et lumières, tendresse et désespoir, amour et désamour… sa poésie n’est pas un genre littéraire, mais plutôt l’expérience de sa vie intime – dense et précise, avec son intuition aveuglante sur la fragilité et les limites de notre existence… les poètes sont les seuls voyageurs-pèlerins parmi les galaxies et leurs poèmes sont immortels… chère Anna, quel courage et quelle détermination à regarder la vie et la mort en face, à réveiller les étoiles avant l’aube pour combler le néant du cœur avec les premiers rayons de soleil… la poésie aura été ta seule raison de vivre, plus précieuse que toute chose et toute personne… tu me rappelles que je vis dans une réalité quotidienne qui m’échappe souvent, d’où je m’exile ailleurs comme une naufragée sur l’île de l’éternel printemps où les fleurs repoussent sur les champs de lave… je continuerai à errer parmi les brumes de mes rêves où j’existe, j’aime, je survis – entre l’AMOUR et le néant…
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I’ve just reread a book of poems by Anna de Noailles… shadows and lights, tenderness and despair, love and disenchantment… her poetry is not a literary genre, but rather the very experience of her intimate life – compact and accurate, with her blinding intuition on frailty and limitations of our existence… poets are the only travelers-pilgrims among galaxies and their poems are immortal… Dearest Anna, brave and determined to look at life and death in the face, to awake the stars before dawn and to fill up any empty heart with the first sunbeams… poetry has been your only reason for living, more precious to you than anything and anyone… you’ve reminded me again that I live within a daily reality that I can rarely figure out, so I often get exiled elsewhere like a castaway on the island of eternal springtime, where flowers grow back all over its lava fields… I’ll keep on wandering among the mists of my dreams where I do exist, I do love, I do survive – between LOVE and nothingness…

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bonus printanier pour les francophones: Le baiser – Anna de Noailles

Couples fervents et doux, ô troupe printanière! Aimez au gré des jours.
Tout, l’ombre, la chanson, le parfum, la lumière noue et dénoue l’amour…
Le vent qui vient mêler ou disjoindre les branches à de moins brusques bonds
Que le désir qui fait que les êtres se penchent l’un vers l’autre et s’en vont…
Les frôlements légers des eaux et de la terre, les blés qui vont mûrir,
La douleur et la mort sont moins involontaires que le choix du désir…
Joyeux dans les jardins où l’été vert s’étale vous passez en riant,
Mais les doigts enlacés, ainsi que des pétales, iront se défeuillant…
Les cœurs ne prendront plus, comme deux tourterelles, l’harmonieux essor,
Vos âmes, âprement, vont s’apaiser entre elles, c’est l’AMOUR et la MORT…

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Posted on 26 March 2015, in melanie. Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.

  1. Stunning and beautiful, sent over by Lea. Kath.

  2. Reblogged this on foundinfrance and commented:
    “I do exist, I do love…”

  3. Which of Anna’s books were you reading? Is there one of hers you would recommend over the others? I went immediately online to see what was available. I find reading French poetry helpful in improving my language and have really enjoyed it. 🙂

    • oh, it’s an old one that I received decades ago from a Romanian friend, but I guess you’ll find most of her poems on line… 🙂

      • I have found some, but there are a few books by her online. Perhaps I will get back up to Montolieu again in the near future as it is a gold mine for such things. 😉

  4. Between love and nothingness. That a big in between. It’s up to us yo fill the gap with meaningfulness before we return to the nothingness of dust.

  5. Wow! Vraiment superbe cette Anna de Noailles. Merci de me la présenter! You write beautifully both in French and in English… will definitely have to go back and enjoy some of your posts!

    • bonsoir(ici!), Dale & welcome to my playground! 🙂 ah, oui, les poèmes d’Anna de Noailles sont superbes… merci, bonne fin de semaine dans la Belle Province et à+! 🙂

  6. What a brilliant line and quote “I’ll keep on wandering among the mists of my dreams where I do exist, I do love, I do survive – between LOVE and nothingness…” It’s going to be a great week 🙂

  7. “Poeţii – pelerini printre galaxii”… frumos spus. Voi căuta şi eu poeziile acestei poete. Nu am citit-o, dar cum eu iubesc poezia sigur o voi căuta şi chiar dacă îmi va fi mai greu o voi citi în limba în care a fost scrisă fiindcă poezia tradusă îşi pierde 50% din farmec şi Doamne fereşte să cadă pe mâna vreunui traducător nepriceput că se alege praful de poezie, oricât de fenomenal ar fi fost autorul.

    • Bonsoir Aurora! multumesc pentru toate comentariile interesante si amicale… raspund pe rând, ca la dentist: 😀
      – n-am avut curiozitatea de-a cerceta arborele genealogic al sinucigasului criminal;
      – am o gramada de rosmarin în fata casei, creste singur si-i cunosc toate virtutile, plus ca pun la uscat 2-3 crengi pentru bucatareala…
      – iubesc felinele din copilarie, deci ma bucur ca ai un motan adorabil si ca sugestia mea va fi fost pozitiva…
      – îmi pare bine ca ti-a placut textu’ meu “lumina magica printre norii destinului nostru…”
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      multumesc înca o data pentru atentia si interesu’ acordat “scrisaturilor” mele…

  8. a sweetly inspired poem to life’s brief beauty 🙂

  9. Lovely thoughts, lovely pics… altogether beautiful, Melanie 🙂 Have a great weekend! 🙂

  10. I do exist. I do love. I do survive. Yes!!! That’s it in a nutshell. Delighted to discover your blog. Thanks for dropping by mine.

  11. Very profound, Melanie. Leslie

  12. To “survive between love and nothingness” pretty much sums up my March 14 post MORE ABOUT THE BEGINNING, which you were kind enough to “like.” As one of your fellow “travelers – pilgrims,” how could I not like your “way of looking at things” (to quote from my last comment to MORE ABOUT THE BEGINNING).

  13. Splendides plantes pionnières, la nature est forte pour recoloniser la terre après ses colères… Joli texte. Bonne soirée, Mélanie.

  14. Great part of the poetry I read is in your words, and I see you are an explorer who find treasures of flowers in the (I guess) volcanic beaches of Hawaii 🙂

  15. Tu me donnes le goût de retrouver ce livre, Mélanie. Bonne fin d’après-midi et agréable soirée!

  16. Je reviendrai lire plus tard, promis. Bonne journée à vous, Mélanie!

  17. These little guys are inspirational. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  18. Amazing how flowers can grow in barren dry areas, reminds me of our Desert Pea, thrives in the dry dusty outback. Regards, Ian

  19. I don’t read much poetry, but surely found and enjoyed the visual poems lurking in your images of flora, so delicate against the backdrop of this rugged world. Merci, Mélanie!

  20. Beautiful dear Melanie! A perfect first read post for my morning. It will energize my day! Much love! ❤

  21. Beautiful images to accompany the most compelling of texts. I will try to find Anna’s book – she sounds like someone I should read… I think I will need a supply of mouchoirs by the chair though!

    • mille merci, F! ❤ Anna de Noailles had paternal Romanian roots like me and I did feel the urge to reread her poems after the human tragedy caused by the horrible crash of the A-320 in the French Alps… RIP. You know that I live in the "Airbus City"…
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      I've already mentioned @ "about" my Latin motto is:”memento mori, carpe diem et gaudeamus igitur!” – remember you’ll die, live this very day and therefore let’s enjoy it to the fullest! – il faut vraiment vivre dans l'urgence…

      • Yes, I did know that you live there, M – my brother is actually an Airbus captain in South East Asia, so for different reasons he felt horribly close. The most dreadful of reminders of the fragility of life, it is. Your motto is indeed one that should be adopted by all. 🙂 xxx

  22. sounds like a book that i should get… as soon as possible 🙂 i love your images of these spiritual-physical-healing-plants.

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