The legendary French essayist and poet, Yves Bonnefoy who died on Friday left literary lovers with a lot of good memories, of course in his great works.

Of the very many great works he put out in his lifetime, here are five that we think you will find very interesting:

1. Our hands full or not:
The same abundance.
Our eyes open or shut:
The same light.

2. Unknowing, let us sleep. Chest against chest,
Our breathing mingled, hand in hand without dreams.

3. Let our bodies try 

To ford a wider time,

Our hands not know
The other shore.

4. Clouds, this evening
The same as always, like thirst,
The same red dress, unfastened.
Imagine, passerby,
Our new beginnings, our eagerness, our trust.

5. Since fire’s born of fire, why should we desire
To gather up its scattered ash.
On the appointed day we surrendered what we were
To a vaster blaze, the evening sky.


Author: Ekpeki Donald Pen Prince

Ekpeki Chovwe Donald styled the PenPrince is a writer and lawyer in equity. He has an unhealthy interest in wit, pun and poetry. When he’s not writing, he’s reading and when he’s not reading, he’s breathing. He breathes words.