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ooli  ·  281 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Library of Babel - Why Hexagons?  ·  

It inspired me to write a poem:

  Dans la bibliothèque aux étroits hexagones,

J'ai marché plus d'une fois vers un but précis.

Loin de ce tome ultime et de ses facéties,

Que cherchent les héros comme une autre Gorgone.

Lisant chaque ligne dans ma quête infinie

Plus impossible encore et plus simple à la fois,

Puisque dans ce royaume, bâti autrefois,

J’attends l'Amour qui absout de l'ignominie.

  Espérant celle qui dans le semblable livre

Plongerait son regard; son regard qui délivre,

Hébergerai mon âme dans sa palmeraie.

Mais le hasard est cruel, et son couperet

Sans fin, me laisse seul, isolé à poursuivre

Ces lignes que tu lirais, toi que j'aimerais!


According to google bot, this will roughly translate as :

  In the Library with narrow hexagons,

I have walked more than once towards a specific goal.

Far from the Ultimate volume and its jokes,

That heroes seek like another Gorgonian.

Reading every line in my endless quest

Even more impossible and simpler at the same time,

Because in this kingdom, built in the past,

I await the Love which absolves from ignominy.

   Hoping for the girl, in the similar book

Diving her gaze; her gaze that delivers,

Who will host my soul in her palm grove.

But Chance is cruel, and its cleaver

Endlessly, leaves me alone, isolated to pursue

These lines that you would read, you that I would love!

am_Unition  ·  281 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Fantastic poem, and I appreciate the translation. I work on French, on and off. For the first time, I identified a French pun in the wild a few months ago: “bombe anatomique”.

I thought “ooli” was German, though.

ooli  ·  281 days ago  ·  link  ·  

that is very nice of you. Ooli.. come from Olivier.

Back in 2000, I was in a chat room, and couldnt use 'Oli' (Short for Olivier) as a nickame.. so I added another "O" in front and I liked the look and strangeness of it

Getting a pun in a foreign language is the highlight of learning a new language

am_Unition  ·  281 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That makes total sense, I work with an "Olivier" from France, actually.

Ouf, you couldn't count the number of "merci"s and "perdon"s I used on the French subway with my huge bags of luggage during morning rush hour. Someone made me do it, I just wanted to Uber to the airport :(

kingmudsy  ·  281 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Wow, thank you for sharing! I love what you've written, and I'm really glad that my post inspired you :)

am_Unition  ·  281 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks for badging this, I considered it myself. Here’s to hoping more people read it.