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Baudelaire assists with an African burial – 8 July 2011

Each flower

sits on a trembling stem;

the sonorous voice

of the poet

swings through our minds,

wafting the aromatic smoke,

swirling around our senses.

The woman trembles

on her legs

with a scarf on her head,

deep red and black.

The moruti’s words

swing and swirl

around our senses:

my sister, he will arise,

arise he will, my sister,

but first we must

we must plant

him in the earth.

From the earth

he will arise

and bear the fruit

that will heal your soul,

although he is a man.

Harmonie du soir

Voici venir les temps où vibrant sur sa tige

Chaque fleur s’évapore ainsi qu’un encensoir;

Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir;

Valse mélancolique et langoureux vertige!

Chaque fleur s’évapore ainsi qu’un encensoir;

Le violon frémit comme un coeur qu’on afflige;

Valse mélancolique et langoureux vertige!

Le ciel est triste et beau comme un grand reposoir.

Le violon frémit comme un coeur qu’on afflige,

Un coeur tendre, qui hait le néant vaste et noir!

Le ciel est triste et beau comme un grand reposoir;

Le soleil s’est noyé dans son sang qui se fige.

Un coeur tendre, qui hait le néant vaste et noir,

Du passé lumineux recueille tout vestige!

Le soleil s’est noyé dans son sang qui se fige…

Ton souvenir en moi luit comme un ostensoir!

— Charles Baudelaire

Evening Harmony

The season is at hand when swaying on its stem

Every flower exhales perfume like a censer;

Sounds and perfumes turn in the evening air;

Melancholy waltz and languid vertigo!

Every flower exhales perfume like a censer;

The violin quivers like a tormented heart;

Melancholy waltz and languid vertigo!

The sky is sad and beautiful like an immense altar.

The violin quivers like a tormented heart,

A tender heart, that hates the vast, black void!

The sky is sad and beautiful like an immense altar;

The sun has drowned in his blood which congeals…

A tender heart that hates the vast, black void

Gathers up every shred of the luminous past!

The sun has drowned in his blood which congeals…

Your memory in me glitters like a monstrance!

— William Aggeler, The Flowers of Evil (Fresno, CA: Academy Library Guild, 1954)

Agile word

“waft”

waft

   [waft, wahft] Show IPA

–verb (used with object)

1.

to carry lightly and smoothly through the air or over water: The gentle breeze wafted the sound of music to our ears.

2.

to send or convey lightly, as if in flight: The actress wafted kisses to her admirers in the audience.

3.

Obsolete . to signal to, summon, or direct by waving.

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–verb (used without object)

4.

to float or be carried, especially through the air: The sound wafted on the breeze. The music wafted across the lake.

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–noun

5.

a sound, odor, etc., faintly perceived: a waft of perfume.

6.

a wafting movement; light current or gust: a waft of air.

7.

the act of wafting.

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Origin:

1535–45;  back formation from late Middle English waughter  armed escort vessel < Dutch  or Low German wachter  watchman; in some senses confused with waff

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