THE SADNESS OF THE MOON
by: Charles Baudelaire
- HE Moon
more indolently dreams to-night
- Than a fair woman on her couch at rest,
- Caressing, with a hand distraught and light,
- Before she sleeps, the contour of her breast.
- Upon her silken avalanche of down,
- Dying she breathes a long and swooning sigh;
- And watches the white visions past her flown,
- Which rise like blossoms to the azure sky.
- And when, at times, wrapped in her languor deep,
- Earthward she lets a furtive tear-drop flow,
- Some pious poet, enemy of sleep,
- Takes in his hollow hand the tear of snow
- Whence gleams of iris and of opal start,
- And hides it from the Sun, deep in his heart.
MORE POEMS BY CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
'The Sadness of the Moon' is reprinted
from The Poems and Prose Poems of Charles Baudelaire.
Ed. James Huneker. New York: Brentano's, 1919.