Friday, January 28, 2011

Simone and Mrs. Weil

Simone:

Chère Maman I was special there I
bought less Hegel Please Today have
Nazis send blouses between sports
I asked what Communists kissed
me for (two fight sleeves)
No not last post!

Mme Weil:

Do not give your lunch away.
Do not stumble on the stairs.
Do not insist on telling everyone about the void.

Simone:

Hunger enters the body through work.
Thirst enters the body through work.
Joy.
Time.
Obedience.
Death
likewise.
Only life does not enter the body through work.
Life is free!

Chorus:

A saint by night.
A saint beset.
Not really!
Saints are never left altogether
in place
are they.

Simone:

No special Maman sport to the last
fight two less
kiss sleeves Today!
cher Hegel!

Mme Weil:

Do not leave your money lying by the bed.
Do not run on the mountains when they are icy.
Do not forget a card to us as soon as you arrive
at the war.

Simone:

I create myself by work.
Or else I panic –
that is to say,
chère Maman out of my way!

- Anne Carson


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