from Firstly: poem vııı by Paul Eluard

My love for having given form to my desires
brought your lips to the sky of your words as a star
your kisses in the living night
and the wake of your arms around me
like a flame in the sign of conquest
my dreams are clear and perpetual
in this world.

And when you aren’t here
I dream that I sleep
I dream that I dream.

translated by Stuart Kendall

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