“we ourselves were eternity”

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Eternity
-Eugène Guillevic
Eternity
was never lost.

What we did not know

Was how to translate it into days,
skies, landscapes,

into words we said to others,
into authentic gestures.

But holding onto it for ourselves,
that was not difficult,

and there were even moments
When it seemed clear
That we ourselves were eternity.

Original

L’éternité
ne fut jamais perdue.

Ce qui nous a manqué
Fut plutôt de savoir

La traduire en journées,
En ciels, en paysages,

En paroles pour d’autres,
En gestes vérifiables.

Mais la garder pour nous
N’était pas difficile

Et les moments étaient présents
Où nous paraissait clair
Que nous étions l’éternité.

Photo by Daniel Roe on Unsplash

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