Paul Eluard
Certitude by Paul Eluard

Certitude by Paul Eluard

If I speak it’s to hear you more clearlyIf I hear you I’m sure to understand youIf you smile it’s the better to enter meIf you smile I will see the world entireIf I embrace you ...

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Lady Love by Paul Eluard

Lady Love by Paul Eluard

She is standing on my eyelidsAnd her hair is in my hairShe has the color of my eyeShe has the body of my handIn my shade she is engulfedAs a stone against the skyShe will never ...

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At The Window by Paul Eluard

At The Window by Paul Eluard

I have not always had this certainty, this pessimism which reassures the best among us. There was a time when my friends laughed at me. I was not the master of my words. A certain ...

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I Cannot Be Known by Paul Eluard

I Cannot Be Known by Paul Eluard

I cannot be knownBetter than you know me Your eyes in which we sleepWe togetherHave made for my man's gleamA better fate than for the common nights Your eyes in which I travelHave ...

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Ecstasy by Paul Eluard

Ecstasy by Paul Eluard

I am in front of this feminine landLike a child in front of the fireSmiling vaguely with tears in my eyesIn front of this land where all moves in meWhere mirrors mist where ...

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Hunted by Paul Eluard

Hunted by Paul Eluard

A few grains of dust more or less On ancient shoulders Locks of weakness on weary foreheads This theatre of honey and faded roses Where incalcuable flies Reply to the black signs ...

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Air Vif by Paul Eluard

Air Vif by Paul Eluard

I looked in front of meIn the crowd I saw youAmong the wheat I saw youBeneath a tree I saw youAt the end of my journeysIn the depths of my tormentAt the corner of every ...

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Thus, Woman, Principle Of Life, Speaker Of The Ideal by Paul Eluard

Thus, Woman, Principle Of Life, Speaker Of The Ideal by Paul Eluard

Would you seeThe dark form of the sunThe contours of lifeOr be truly dazzledBy the fire that fuses allThe flame conveyer of modestiesIn flesh in gold that fine gestureError is as ...

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Curfew by Paul Eluard

Curfew by Paul Eluard

What else could we do, for the doors were guarded,What else could we do, for they had imprisoned us,What else could we do, for the streets were forbidden us,What else could we do, ...

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Open Door by Paul Eluard

Open Door by Paul Eluard

Life is truly kindCome to me, if I go to you it’s a game,The angels of bouquets grant the flowers a change of hue.

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Barely Disfigured by Paul Eluard

Barely Disfigured by Paul Eluard

Adieu TristesseBonjour TristesseFarewell SadnessHello SadnessYou are inscribed in the lines on the ceilingYou are inscribed in the eyes that I loveYou are not poverty ...

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‘you Rise The Water Unfolds’ by Paul Eluard

‘you Rise The Water Unfolds’ by Paul Eluard

You rise the water unfoldsYou sleep the water flowersYou are water ploughed from its depthsYou are earth that takes rootAnd in which all is groundedYou make bubbles of silence in ...

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I Said It To You by Paul Eluard

I Said It To You by Paul Eluard

I said it to you for the cloudsI said it to you for the tree of the seaFor each wave for the birds in the leavesFor the pebbles of soundFor familiar handsFor the eye that becomes ...

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Five Haiku by Paul Eluard

Five Haiku by Paul Eluard

The wind Undecided Rolls a cigarette of air The mute girl talks: It is art's imperfection. This impenetrable speech. The motor car is truly launched: Four martyrs' heads Roll ...

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La Courbe De Tes Yeux by Paul Eluard

La Courbe De Tes Yeux by Paul Eluard

La courbe de tes yeux fait le tour de mon coeur, Un rond de danse et de douceur, Aureole du temps, berceau nocturne et sur, Et si je ne sais plus tout ce que j'ai vecu C'est que ...

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The Human Face by Paul Eluard

The Human Face by Paul Eluard

I. Soon Of all the springtimes of the world This one is the ugliest Of all of my ways of being To be trusting is the best Grass pushes up snow Like the stone of a tomb But I sleep ...

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To Live by Paul Eluard

To Live by Paul Eluard

We both have our hands to give Take mine I shall lead you afar I have lived several times my face hasw changed With every threshold I have crossed and every hand clasped Familial ...

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I Only Wish To Love You by Paul Eluard

I Only Wish To Love You by Paul Eluard

I only wish to love youA storm fills the valleyA fish the riverI have made you the size of my solitudeThe whole world to hide inDays and nights to understandTo see no more in your ...

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Absence by Paul Eluard

Absence by Paul Eluard

I speak to you over citiesI speak to you over plainsMy mouth is against your earThe two sides of the walls facemy voice which acknowledges you.I speak to you of eternity.O cities ...

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A Single Smile by Paul Eluard

A Single Smile by Paul Eluard

A single smile disputesEach star with the gathering nightA single smile for us bothAnd the blue of your joyful eyesAgainst the mass of nightFinding its flame in my eyesI have seen ...

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Easy by Paul Eluard

Easy by Paul Eluard

Easy and beautiful underyour eyelidsAs the meeting of pleasureDance and the restI spoke the feverThe best reason for fireThat you might be pale and luminousA thousand fruitful ...

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The River by Paul Eluard

The River by Paul Eluard

The river I have under my tongue,Unimaginable water, my little boat,And curtains lowered, let's speak.

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Liberty by Paul Eluard

Liberty by Paul Eluard

On my school notebooksOn my desk and on the treesOn the sands of snowI write your nameOn the pages I have readOn all the white pagesStone, blood, paper or ashI write your nameOn ...

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‘she Looks Into Me…’ by Paul Eluard

‘she Looks Into Me…’ by Paul Eluard

She looks into meThe unknowing heartTo see if I loveShe has confidence she forgetsUnder the clouds of her eyelidsHer head falls asleep in my handsWhere are weTogether ...

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As Far As My Eye Can See In My Body’s Senses by Paul Eluard

As Far As My Eye Can See In My Body’s Senses by Paul Eluard

All the trees all their branches all of their leavesThe grass at the foot of the rocks and the houses en masseFar off the sea that your eye bathesThese images of day after dayThe ...

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Head Against The Walls by Paul Eluard

Head Against The Walls by Paul Eluard

There were only a few of them In all the earthEach one thought he was aloneThey sang, they were rightTo singBut they sang the way you sack a cityThe way you kill yourself. Frayed ...

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The Deaf And Blind by Paul Eluard

The Deaf And Blind by Paul Eluard

Do we reach the sea with clocks In our pockets, with the noise of the sea In the sea, or are we the carriers Of a purer and more silent water? The water rubbing against our hands ...

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The World Is Blue As An Orange by Paul Eluard

The World Is Blue As An Orange by Paul Eluard

The world is blue as an orangeNo error the words do not lieThey no longer allow you to singIn the tower of kisses agreementThe madness the loveShe her mouth of allianceAll the ...

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Other Children by Paul Eluard

Other Children by Paul Eluard

"Little child of my five senses and of my tenderness." Let us cradle our loves, We will have good children. Well cared for, We will fear nothing on earth, Happiness, good fortune, ...

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In A New Night by Paul Eluard

In A New Night by Paul Eluard

Woman I’ve lived withWoman I live withWoman I’ll live withAlways the sameYou need a red cloakRed gloves a red maskAnd dark stockingsThe reasons the proofsOf seeing you quite ...

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The Nakedness Of Truth (I Know It Well) by Paul Eluard

The Nakedness Of Truth (I Know It Well) by Paul Eluard

Despair has no wings,Nor has love,No countenance:They do not speak.I do not stir,I do not behold them,I do not speak to them,But I am as real as my love and my despair.

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Fertile Eyes by Paul Eluard

Fertile Eyes by Paul Eluard

Fertile EyesNo one can know me moreMore than you know meYour eyes in which we sleepThe two of themHave cast a spell on my male orbsGreater than worldly nightsYour eyes where I ...

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Max Ernst by Paul Eluard

Max Ernst by Paul Eluard

In one corner agile incestTurns round the virginity of a little dressIn one corner sky releasedleaves balls of white on the spines of storm.In one corner bright with all the ...

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The Absence by Paul Eluard

The Absence by Paul Eluard

I speak to you across citiesI speak to you across plains My mouth is upon your pillow Both faces of the walls come meetingMy voice discovering you I speak to you of eternity O ...

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Talking Of Power And Love by Paul Eluard

Talking Of Power And Love by Paul Eluard

Between all my torments between death and selfBetween my despair and the reason for livingThere is injustice and this evil of menThat I cannot accept there is my angerThere are ...

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The Season Of Loves by Paul Eluard

The Season Of Loves by Paul Eluard

By the road of waysIn the three-part shadow of troubled sleepI come to you the double the multipleas like you as the era of deltas.Your head is as tiny as mineThe nearby sea ...

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Even When We Sleep by Paul Eluard

Even When We Sleep by Paul Eluard

Even when we sleep we watch over each otherAnd this love heavier than a lake’s ripe fruitWithout laughter or tears lasts foreverOne day after another one night after us.

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It’s The Sweet Law Of Men by Paul Eluard

It’s The Sweet Law Of Men by Paul Eluard

It’s the sweet law of menThey make wine from grapesThey make fire from coalThey make men from kissesIt’s the true law of menKept intact despitethe misery and wardespite danger of ...

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Lovely And Lifelike by Paul Eluard

Lovely And Lifelike by Paul Eluard

A face at the end of the dayA cradle in day’s dead leavesA bouquet of naked rainEvery ray of sun hiddenEvery fount of founts in the depths of the waterEvery mirror of mirrors ...

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L’Amoureuse by Paul Eluard

L’Amoureuse by Paul Eluard

Elle est debour sur mes paupieresEt ses cheveux sont dans les miens,Elle a la forme de mes mains,Elle a la couleur de mes yeux,Elle s'engloutit dan mon ombreComme une pierre sur ...

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We Two by Paul Eluard

We Two by Paul Eluard

We two take each other by the handWe believe everywhere in our houseUnder the soft tree under the black skyBeneath the roofs at the edge of the fireIn the empty street in broad ...

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The Curve Of Your Eyes by Paul Eluard

The Curve Of Your Eyes by Paul Eluard

The curve of your eyes embraces my heartA ring of sweetness and dancehalo of time, sure nocturnal cradle,And if I no longer know all I have lived throughIt’s that your eyes have ...

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Our Life by Paul Eluard

Our Life by Paul Eluard

We’ll not reach the goal one by one but in pairsWe know in pairs we will know all about usWe’ll love everything our children will smileAt the dark history or mourn alone

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Uninterrupted Poetry by Paul Eluard

Uninterrupted Poetry by Paul Eluard

From the sea to the sourceFrom mountain to plainRuns the phantom of lifeThe foul shadow of deathBut between usA dawn of ardent flesh is bornAnd exact goodthat sets the earth in ...

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The Immediate Life by Paul Eluard

The Immediate Life by Paul Eluard

What’s become of you why this white hair and pinkWhy this forehead these eyes rent apart heart-rendingThe great misunderstanding of the marriage of radiumSolitude chases me with ...

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Nearer To Us by Paul Eluard

Nearer To Us by Paul Eluard

Run and run towards deliveranceAnd find and gather everythingDeliverance and richesRun so quickly the thread breaksWith the sound a great bird makesA flag always soared beyond

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Nusch by Paul Eluard

Nusch by Paul Eluard

The sentiments apparentThe lightness of approachThe tresses of caresses.Without worry or suspicionYour eyes confide in what they seeSeen by what they gaze at.Confidence of ...

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Obsession by Paul Eluard

Obsession by Paul Eluard

After years of wisdomDuring which the world was transparent as a needleWas it cooing about something else?After having vied with returned favours squandered treasureMore than a ...

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Ring Of Peace by Paul Eluard

Ring Of Peace by Paul Eluard

I have passed the doors of coldnessThe doors of my bitternessTo come and kiss your lipsCity reduced to a roomWhere the absurd tide of evilleaves a reassuring foamRing of peace I ...

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The Word by Paul Eluard

The Word by Paul Eluard

I have an easy beauty one that is happy.I glide on the surface of winds.I glide on the surface of seasI have grown sentimentalI no longer know the guideI no longer move silk over ...

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