Poetic Space ||| About |||| Guestbook |||| Etherealism Literary Journal |||| Library ||| The Poet as Flourishing
Forums ||| Chat Rooms ||| The Wanderlust Poets Society ||| Links ||| Contact ||| Stores
Arthur Rimbaud
Poetry ||| Letters |||| Portraits |||| Biography |||| Astrology Chart |||| Books ||| Links

The Seekers of Lice (Les Chercheuses de poux)
by Arthur Rimbaud (1871); translated by Jethro Bithell (1912).

When the child's forehead, full of torments red,
Implores the swarm of white dreams hovering dim,
Two elder sisters take him from his bed,
Sisters with silvery nails and fingers slim,

And seat him near a window opened wide,
Where tangled flowers are flooded with blue air;
Their terrible and delicate fingers glide,
Full of enchantment, through his heavy hair.

He hears their timid breath, and, flowering it,
Long vegetal and rosy honies sing,
But broken by a whistling sometimes, spit
Sucked on the lip, kiss of imagining.

He hears their black lids beating; and their mild,
Electric fingers, in the scented breath
Of silence that in greyness folds the child,
On royal nails crack little lice to death.

And in him mounts the wine of idlenesses,
Harmonica that well might rave but sighs;
And in his heart, in tact with the caresses,
A ceaseless wish of weeping starts and dies.


PAGE 2 OF 2.

• • • • •Dearest Décadent, to read the first page of this series,
kindly click on the link at the very bottom of this page.
• • • • •


• • • •To read poems by Other Horrible Workers (poets
in today's day and age), kindly click HERE.
• • • •

Bookmark and Share


• • • ATTENTION GOOD SCHOLARS!!! • • •
Information for How to Cite this Webpage:

AUTHOR: Arthur Rimbaud (1871); translated by Jethro Bithell (1912).
TITLE OF WEBPAGE: PoeticSpace:Rimbaud:Poems:LesChercheusesdepoux:Page2
TITLE OF WEBSITE: Poetic SpacePUBLISHER: Lannie Brockstein
DATE PUBLISHED/LAST UPDATED: Aug 22 2013URL/WEBPAGE ADDRESS:
http://webspace.webring.com/people/tl/lanouvelledecadence/rimpoemsche02.html

• • •Websites that provide examples or that generate citation for essays
in the styles of AMA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, and more:
Study Guides and Strategies
Son of Citation Machinewikihow: How to Cite a Website• • •


• • •Permanently archive this page as it appears to you today,
for future academic reference, with WebCite.
• • •


• • • • • To read the first page of this series, please click HERE.• • • • •
• • • • •To return to the Rimbaud 'Poetry' section, please click HERE.• • • • •
• • • •You are invited to discuss Arthur Rimbaud in our FORUMS!• • • •



Bookmark and Share

Poetic Space

All Rights Reserved.