those eyes

it’s the eyes
that stay
with you
there in the night
no matter how long
ago how far
away
those eyes
of all those lost
to the years
stay with you
there
in the night

poem XX by Paul Eluard

Dawn I love you I have the whole night in my veins
all night I watched you
I have everything to divine
I am sure of the darkness
giving me the power
to envelop you
to excite your desire for life
in the heart of my immobility
the power to reveal you
to liberate you to lose you
flame invisible by day.

If you go the door opens on the day
If you go the door opens on me.

translated by Stuart Kendall