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Ivan de Monbrison: In A Box

Image: Unsplash, downloaded ( 23.07.2023.


There is fire there is blood and blood is the same color as fire and there is the open mouth that swallows everything there is my heart the spirit and the thought the fall the duration the starting over nothing no if maybe starting over I don't know there are hands nailed to the wall there are feet nailed to the ground I don't know I don't know tomorrow somewhere else I don't know I'm so scared stop dreaming stop dreaming knowing first how to take a hand and then let go this hand which detaches itself from the body and goes away with you you think you may still live a bit more and leave to go somewhere else to forget everything or kill yourself climb on the roof of a building and let yourself fall slowly from the top of it maybe after all this you are only tired yet there are animals still watching you dance at night in your dreams everything has to change you are so tired yet everything has to change you need to start it all all over again don't be afraid don't be hungry leave oblivion in its box and leave the dream in another box and put these boxes on a table remove the eyes from your face with two cut off fingers and put them in a box and then cut off your hands and your ears too here it is the grave has remained open and your corpse has been put into it but then at night you come out of there to dance in the big cemetery it is the only place where men are a little bit at peace I believe and I also remember the past what it was like being a child it is nothing being a child is being a toy the adults' toy it is being nothing and then there is fear to be nobody the world is painted in black and white you see life in black and white and me, I am just nothing.

About the Author: Ivan de Monbrison is a French poet and writer living in Paris born in 1969. He has published poetry and prose, in English and in French, over the past ten years. His last books, "The Other Self", and, "Brambles", have been published in 2023 in the United Kingdom.



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The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


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