Mirabeau Bridge

Under Mirabeau Bridge the river slips away
          And lovers
    Must I be reminded
Joy came always after pain


         The night is a clock chiming
         The days go by not I


We're face to face and hand in hand
         While under the bridges
    Of embrace expire
Eternal tired tidal eyes


         The night is a clock chiming
         The days go by not I


Love elapses like the river
         Love goes by
    Poor life is indolent
And expectation always violent


         The night is a clock chiming
         The days go by not I


The days and equally the weeks elapse
         The past remains the past
    Love remains lost
Under Mirabeau Bridge the river slips away


         The night is a clock chiming
         The days go by not I

Guillaume Apollinaire. "Mirabeau Bridge" from Alcools, English translation copyright 1995 Donald Revell and reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press.
Source: Alcools (Wesleyan University Press, 1995)
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