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Forte mer (1949) no.6

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Plupart du temps I

Forte mer

Devant le bateau immobile
Quelqu’un qui attend
C’est le port qui bouge
Il fait trop de vent le niveau de l’eau change
Tant la mer est lasse
Tout devient plus grand
Le marin qui passe arrive en retard
D’où vient l’air qu’il a
Et sa tête basse la sortie du bar
Tout l’équipage est dans les mâts
Un oiseau s’efface
Sur le ciel plus plat
Tout le monde a peur
Quand la casquette l’air et les nombreux visages le vent a tout mêlé dans un même nuage

Heavy sea

Before the motionless boat
Someone waits
It’s the port that moves
There’s too much wind the water-level changes
The sea is so weary
Everything becomes larger
The passing sailor arrives late
Why that expression
And head lowered leaving the bar
The entire crew are aloft at the mast
A bird vanishes
On the flatter sky
Everyone is frightened
When the wind has mingled all into the same cloud – cap air and many faces

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Betsy Jolas is a Franco-American composer.

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