Always for the First Time by Andre Breton (translated from the French by Mary Ann Caws)
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Always for the first time I scarcely know you when I see you
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Always for the First Time by Andre Breton (translated from the French by Mary Ann Caws)

by gsa123

Always for the first time

I scarcely know you when I see you

You return sometime in the night

To a house at an angle to my window

A wholly imaginary house

From one second to the next

There in the complete darkness

I wait for the strange rift to recur

The unique rift

In the facade and in my heart

The nearer I come to you

In reality

The louder the key sings in the door of the unknown room

Where you appear alone before me

First you merge with the brightness

The fleeting angle of a curtain

A jasmine field I gazed on at dawn on a road near Grasse

The jasmine-pickers bending over on a slant

Behind them the dark profile of plants stripped bare

Before them the dazzling light

The curtain invisibly raised

In a frenzy all the flowers swarm back

You facing the long hour never dim enough until sleep

You as if you could be

The same except I may never meet you

You pretend not to know I'm watching you

Marvellously I'm no longer sure you know it

Your idleness fills my eyes with tears

Meanings surround each of your gestures

Like a honeydew hunt

There are rocking-chairs on a bridge there are branches

That might scratch you in the forest

In a window on the rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette

Two lovely crossed legs are caught in long stockings

Flaring out in the centre of a great white clover

There is a silk ladder unrolled across the ivy

There is

That leaning over the precipice

Of the hopeless fusion of your presence and absence

I have found the secret

Of loving you

Always for the first time

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