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Edouard Dubus

November 26, 2016

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The Sacrilege by Edouard Dubus

Without an ounce of respect a drunkard took a piss
On and on before the church of Saint Sulpice.
The faithful flock ran away at the sight
Til the man in black showed up, his face turned white.
“We don’t piss here,” he shrieked and crossed himself,
“Vade retro, you swine! Go somewhere else!”

Without a word, not disturbed in the least,
The wino stared long and hard at the priest.
Then he pointed to the shrine of the heavenly throne
Where these three words were carved in stone,
Three words for everyone to see:
Liberty, equality, fraternity.

Like Napoleon standing in front of the Pyramids,
His gestures were grand and his voice became spirited:
“Liberty! So, I piss where I want to.
“Equality! You can piss here too.
“If you’d like, my friend, let’s piss here together.
“Fraternity! Come hold this for me, brother.”

Abscontrition by André Veidaux

September 21, 2011

Abscontrition by André Veidaux (The Song of the Void), L’Art Social, January 1893.

I have blasphemed God like a dauntless anarch,
Constantly spit on that Zeus on high;
My Atlas rebellion, my heretic bark:
What ecstasy, this battle cry!

Go bribe Atropos, the final Fate,
To smother my dissident cursing;
Bury me in Charon’s boat—don’t pay the rate—
You will never hear me bitching!

I’ll remain with the untamable beasts,
Fueling our hatred for your feasts,
We sons of Titans, damned for eternity.

And what?! Doom me to the flames of Hell?!
So be it! But history will never tell
That you wrenched from me an apology.

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