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Poem for Wednesday and Valentine's Day


L'amour
By Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

Vous demandez si l'amour rend heureuse ;
Il le promet, croyez-le, fût-ce un jour.
Ah ! pour un jour d'existence amoureuse,
Qui ne mourrait ? la vie est dans l'amour.

Quand je vivais tendre et craintive amante,
Avec ses feux je peignais ses douleurs :
Sur son portrait j'ai versé tant de pleurs,
Que cette image en paraît moins charmante.

Si le sourire, éclair inattendu,
Brille parfois au milieu de mes larmes,
C'était l'amour ; c'était lui, mais sans armes ;
C'était le ciel... qu'avec lui j'ai perdu.

Sans lui, le coeur est un foyer sans flamme ;
Il brûle tout, ce doux empoisonneur.
J'ai dit bien vrai comme il déchire une âme :
Demandez-donc s'il donne le bonheur !

Vous le saurez : oui, quoi qu'il en puisse être,
De gré, de force, amour sera le maître ;
Et, dans sa fièvre alors lente à guérir,
vous souffrirez, ou vous ferez souffrir.

Dès qu'on l'a vu, son absence est affreuse ;
Dès qu'il revient, on tremble nuit et jour ;
Souvent enfin la mort est dans l'amour ;
Et cependant... oui, l'amour rend heureuse !

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My Tuesday involved lots of chores, but it was a good day -- Paul got a job offer from his first interview! (Which is sucky timing as they want him to start instantly, but it's still a positive after a year of a massive amount of shit.) We had to drag Maddy shopping a bunch of places so we took her to lunch at California Tortilla, which has its Superfood Burrito Bowls back and free Nutella chips for Valentine's Day, plus we had Valentine candy from my parents and each other.

I spent the late afternoon doing exciting things like dyeing my hair, backing up my hard drive, and folding laundry, and we had a crazy busy evening with more chores, so we didn't eat dinner till after 8 p.m. in front of the television watching A Good Year, because it's Valentine's Day and it has Russell and Cheryl has it so we could watch together long distance. And we caught up on Victoria, where I missed Rufus. Here is Lego Batman from my Valentine this year:

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