One of the Stances Perdue, by Alain Bosquet/Anatoly Bick.

Je remercie le jour parce qu’il est le jour.
Je remercie le chrysantheme et la cerise.
Je remercie le baiser long, le baiser court,
et tout ce qui me vaut une terreur exquise.

I thank the day because it is the day.
I thank the cherry and chrysanthemum.
I thank the kiss, whether it’s long or short,
and each exquisite dread that strikes me dumb

from: Stances Perdue, by Alain Bosquet/Anatoly Bick. Trans, Roger Little. Published, Dedalus Press 1999.

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