Ode To Yseult

Woman, woman that I loved uncommonly

Several springs ago

When the weather was good and callow

When the wind whistled swiftly, low and slow

Oh! Woman, you were young, strong and sparkling

Darling, now you're deceased

Lying down and sleeping comatose on your back

Calm and motionless like the water

Of the paralyzed pond, staring at the sky

Eyes hermetically and conveniently closed

Where everything seems supernatural and artificial

I wonder and ponder where I'm diving

If it's an illusion, a nightmare or a dream

I don't feel good: I'm unbalanced and demented

I’m disappearing into the shadows

Where everything is dark and gloomy

Like my blood. I feel that my everything

Is gone and swept away by sadness

I'm drowning in a mercurial lake of inebriety

My God! Yes, I’m in pain indeed

I’ve lost the most beautiful mermaid.


Woman, woman, you were genial and lovely

The voluptuous gal that I loved so much

Do you remember? I frittered a lot of time

Revering you. I found myself on the slippery slope

I, too, will die like you

Woman, woman, heavy and ghastly is the cross

Where I am exposed today

The cold freezes me and the sun bakes me

I'm sad and devastated like wilted flowers

And you, apoplectic, silent and enshrined

I am suffering, weeping and dying too

I don't want to stay here anymore

My heart is weary, sorrowful and besieged

I am crying and suffering. My strength has left me

I am drowning in pain in the lake of boozing

I'm perishing too. I don't want to live anymore.


Woman, woman that I loved so much

We are no longer in springtime

But almost at the infancy of autumn

The bells are ringing and the children are banging

There is no rainbow in the sky

I am alone, in tears and very sorry

In the labyrinth of the necropolis

May the earth be infinitely light to you!


Copyright © September 2021, Hébert Logerie, All rights reserved.

Hébert Logerie is the author of several collections of poems.



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