François Cheng: "Eastward of All" (From French)

Eastward of All
By François Cheng
Translated by A.Z. Foreman
Click to hear me recite the original French
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Eastward of all, where the sea recalls
The storm has scattered scales
Of dragons, turtle shells
We bow down unto pure silence
That rules beyond the banished land
At evening-fall, eastward of all

Where the wind of the one recollection rises.

The Original:

"À l'orient de tout..."

À l'orient de tout, là où se souvient
La mer, l'orage a dispersé écailles
Des dragons, carapaces des tortues
Nous nous prosternons vers le pur silence
Régnant par-delà la terre exilée
À l'heure du soir, à l'orient de tout

Où se lève le vent de l'unique mémoire.

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