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Démons et merveilles
Vents et marées
Au loin déjà la mer s'est retirée
Démons et merveilles
Vents et marées
Et toi
Comme une algue doucement carressée par le vent
Dans les sables du lit tu remues en rêvant
Démons et merveilles
Vents et marées
Au loin déjà la mer s'est retirée
Mais dans tes yeux entrouverts
Deux petites vagues sont restées
Démons et merveilles
Vents et marées
Deux petites vagues pour me noyer.

by Jacques Prevert

Comments (11)

I haven't read this poem in over 50 years, Amazing piece of pathos. I rate it 11 ot of 10.
Anyone who finds tis poem racist doesn't understand it. It is a plea for racial understanding. What ever the color of your dirty hide, you can be just as good or better than those not like you. It's what's inside that counts in the final analysis.
Who would do a good cover of this song? Eminem? Weekned?
Interesting how the Hindi wordsh have been laced together...The cultural nunaces picked up can only come with prolonged exposure, in the end the poet grudingly admits to his dependence and admiration for the poor Gunga Din. But sad it also reflects the attitude of those times to servititude and the poor of India.
Never liked Kipling. He's a bigot and racist and it shows in all his work.
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