Philippe Denis: “A Vivre…/To Live…”


Image: detail from second breath by heykelley

A VIVRE . . .
A vivre comme respirer,
à s’avancer
au-devant de sa vie–

ce que nous rejoignons
sort de ce jour
comme le vent,

aveugle
notre respiration.

–Philippe Denis

TO LIVE . . .
To live in the way one breathes,
to move on
in front of one’s life–

what we reach
emerges from the day
like the wind,

blinds
our breath.

Translation by Paul Auster

~ by matt on 25 January 2010.

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