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The Dogs of Asnières – Raymond Queneau


They bury dogs they bury cats

they bury horses they bury men

they bury hope they bury life

they bury love – loves

they bury loves – love

they bury silence, in silence

they bury in peace – peace

peace – the deepest peace

under a blanket of rainbow stones

of shells and of rainbow blooms


there’s a grave for everything

if you only wait

night falls day breaks

if you only wait


the Seine falls to the sea

the motionless island is fixed

the Seine rises back to the source

if you only wait

the island sails back to the Harbor of Grace

if you only wait


they bury dogs and they bury cats

two beasts that don’t care for each other


– Raymond Queneau (1903-1976)

January 30, 2010 3:37 am

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