Monday 26 May 2008

Janus Bifrons

El Desdichado

Je suis le ténébreux,- le Veuf, - l'inconsolé,
Le Prince d'Aquitaine à la tour abolie:
Ma seule étoile est morte, et mon luth constellé
Porte le soleil noir de la Mélancolie.


I am the dark one, the widower, the unconsoled,

The prince of Aquitaine whose tower is destroyed:
My only star is dead, and my constellated lute
Bears the black sun of the Melancholy.

Clown in the Moon
My tears are like the quiet drift
Of petals from some magic rose;
And all my grief flows from the rift
Of unremembered skies and snows.

I think, that if I touched the earth,
It would crumble;
It is so sad and beautiful,
So tremulously like a dream.

Dylan Thomas


  1. Toujours aussi beau, mystérieux et poétique chez toi...

  2. I love this photograph more than anything you've put on your blog. Such a pity the Taliban will not let me keep pictures.

  3. Yes, very mysterious. Who is this girl with such straight hair?

  4. la source: oh merci beaucoup pour ta gentillesse, et d'etre revenue ici chez moi...

  5. but which one, dear anonymous? maybe we can negociate with the Taliban, I hear it sometimes works?

  6. b: some girl whom I find very beautiful and like to photograph, she's also the one in the berries/daphne series :-) "such straight hair"!!! :-) and what is so curious about it, mine is exactly like this, same lenght and straightness (I think I will come to hate these words: straightening, straightness a.s.o. how truly annoying! :-P)
    ps. do all dogs have curly hair over there? :-) hmmm she will have to explore that line of thought furthermore, if she wants to get to the bottom of this. and you, don't laugh!

  7. The beautiful one, of course!

    But no. We will not negotiate with women..especially tricky ones. May God forgive me for my weakness and protect my eyes from such deceit. We know there are no clowns on the moon, they're all down here on earth!

  8. Then let us make a deal: neither of us will use the word straight or straightness or straightening or any such similar word again? Done?

    But why can't I laugh? I'm sorry, I can't STOP laughing at the moment..

    Yes, all the domesticated ones have straight hair; the reckless ones, curly :)

  9. ahahahah - that's for you dear anonymous! no, more: ahahahahahahahah.
    [such laughter for such a dark post :-)]

  10. it's not so easy to make deals with me, K! :-) don't even dream you can get away with that.

  11. So, you are willing to make a deal with that joker (anon) [apologies anon., I don't know you personally, but I can understand why you ask for protection from these tricky western women..stay in your cave bro', it's much safer there].

    In any case roxana, why so mistrustful?

    And I didn't fully understand your point about dogs and curly hair. After all, we were talking about you [and/or that girl in the photo] weren't we? How did we go from there to talking about dogs with curly hair!? Bizarre!

  12. I'll explain, b. Since the American scientists (sorry anon, I don't want to enrage you but you wouldn't negociate anyway :-) have developped the creativity theory back in the fifties in their attempt to win the Cold War, the uncommon choices in word association tests are considered to be a factor used in the measurement of creativity and originality. And then Eysenck proved that "unusual responses on a word association test are a good measure of psychosis, psychoticism, and creativity". So I guess we can be happy that you are in good mental health, b., but also sure that you would fail that test :-P
    ps. However, the American Scientists' efforts to serialize the "genius" production have also failed (I think the whole "creative writing" concept is just a proof of this). oh and you anon, who must be celebrating now, wouldn't you consider negociating after all? :-)

  13. Worried old man in red coat, I feel sorry for thee, dealing with such tricky woman. Do not communicate with her..this is how their tribe corrupt our youth.
    She not speak with clear thoughts or clear heart. Is it not written: "the curly-haired one shall..."

    No, Miss Roxana (and I speak these words to you from behind screen to protect myself) there shall be no negotiation. No! Never!! For this is not the way of our forefathers.

    p.s please send chocolate and hot tea, it's freezing in these caves.

  14. Well said, bro'.
    Do you see how she's needling you on: americans, scientists, COLD war -she knows you're freezing down there for Christ's sake.

    Stick to the straight path, do not deviate. Next she will be sending you photos and tapes of her reciting poetry to soften you up. Be careful!