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Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts of activism
(1969)

De Mandiargues, André Pieyre
Part I: Paris, May, 1968: rose for a revolution,   pp. 333-334 PDF (2.4 MB)


Page 333

A newspaper reads "BYE, BYE, BOBBY"
and all about gun-crazed America.
Late that night the cafe was cleared
with police and tear gas on the outside.
Stranded with the boring journalist,
I took a napkin to wrap around my face
and camped, "Can you imagine
an American in this situation without a gun?"
And then one evening before the
delicate French moon trailed
above the balconies of filigree
dripping pools of silver and sky through
black shadowed trees,
Pam walked on bricks
of childhood streets.
The next day we lit a candle for Kennedy
in Notre Dame in front
of a statue with a serpent at its feet.
June 1968
333
Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues
(translated by M. Gibson)
ROSE FOR A REVOLUTION
"When the extraordinary happens daily
then there is a revolution!"
The splendor of these words of Fidel Castro
That we have read from Havana
The students and the people of Paris
Have made it blossom again for joy
Until the Lion of Deufert, with the grand Republic
Is reconciled under the sun of May 13
Which opens and brightens
A red rose so enormous
That it re-covers France entirely
We dedicate to it our great love
But we keep in mind
That the heart of the blazing eglantine
Is inseperable from the Latin Quarter.


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