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L'abreuvoir

Emile Verhaeren 1855 (Sint-Amands) – 1916 (Rouen)

En un creux de terrain aussi profond qu'un antre,
Les étangs s'étalaient dans leur sommeil moiré,
Et servaient d'abreuvoir au bétail bigarré,
Qui s'y baignait, le corps dans l'eau jusqu'à mi-ventre.

Les troupeaux descendaient, par des chemins penchants :
Vaches à pas très lents, chevaux menés à l'amble,
Et les boeufs noirs et roux qui souvent, tous ensemble,
Beuglaient, le cou tendu, vers les soleils couchants.

Tout s'anéantissait dans la mort coutumière,
Dans la chute du jour: couleurs, parfums, lumière,
Explosions de sève et splendeurs d'horizons ;

Des brouillards s'étendaient en linceuls aux moissons,
Des routes s'enfonçaient dans le soir - infinies,
Et les grands boeufs semblaient râler ces agonies.

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Emile Verhaeren

Emile Verhaeren was a Belgian poet who wrote in the French language, and one of the chief founders of the school of Symbolism. more…

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