les hiboux;



owls (les hiboux).


in the shelter of the yews, owls stand in a row like foreign gods. their red eyes dart. they meditate.

they, will remain, motionless, until the melancholy hour when the shadows push down the slanting sun and settle into place.

their attitude teaches wise men that in our world, turmoil and strife are to be feared; for man, intoxicated by the fleeting shadows, is always punished for his desire to roam.


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{ text, baudelaire. }

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