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Philippe Soupault, translated by Tom Hibbard – One A

Philippe Soupault, translated by Tom Hibbard
One Asks You

Since I was born
and it was not yesterday
my days are numbered

by whom
and we are never sure
of not being mistaken

Let us live since we have to
and live to die
one day or another

which day
we are never certain
of not being mistaken

It is the hour of sleep
and it is a manner of talking
it is perhaps the one of dying

who knows
and we are never sure
of not being mistaken

                           –1953

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