This week marked the birthday of poet Arthur Rimbaud (b. 20 October 1854).
In remembrance of his life and work, here are four superb poems by him…
In summer evenings blue, pricked by the wheat
On rustic paths the thin grass I shall tread,
And feel its freshness underneath my feet ,
And, dreaming, let the wind bathe my bare head.
I shall not speak, nor think, but, walking slow
Through Nature, I shall rove with Love my guide,
As gipsies wander, where they do not know,
Happy as one walks by a woman’s side.
from Contemporary French Poetry
J. Bithell, Ed 1912
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