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Tom Hibbard (translator)


The sun that chases the world
I am as certain of it as you
The sun turns the earth into the world

A smile above the night
On the ravaged face
Of sleepers dreaming of the dawn

The great mystery of pleasure
This strange swirl of smoke
That lifts off of us the sky and earth

But who allows one to another
Makes one for the other forever
O you whom I rescue from omission

O you to whom I wished happiness

--Paul Eluard (1944)