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French to English Question

can anyone translate this for me?
as I am clueless

Les grands vents venus d'outremer
Passent par la Ville, l'hiver
Comme des etrangers (s/h a ' over the e) amers

Ils se concertent, graves et pales
(s/h a ' over the a)
Sur les places et leurs sandales
Ensablent le marbre des dalles

Comme des crosses a
(s/h a ' over it) leurs mains fortes
Ils heurtent l'auvent et la porte
Derriere qui l'horloge est morte

Et les adolescents amers
S'en vont avec eux vers la Mer!

                                                        Henri de Rignier

this is he best I could get from
online translators, which  weren't so very helpful

The high winds come from overseas
Pass by the City, the winter
Like bitter foreigners

They act in concert, serious and blades
On the places and their
Ensablent (silted-uo???) sandals the marble of the flagstones

most online translators had no idea what ensablent meant but one said silted-up so
I now imagine this to mean: their sandals silted-up the marble (of the) flagstones

As sticks has their strong hands
Like sticks in their strong hands???
They run up against the hood and the door
Behind which the clock died

And bitter teenagers
From go away with them towards the sea!



May. 16th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
I got the translation!!!!
Hi girl

Well my French friend emailed me back the translation and I am going to cut and paste it into this post. Hope it works. Here it is:

The strong winds come from overseas

Passing through the town, the winter

As bitter strangers

They confer, grave and pale

About the places and their sandals

Cover the marble slabs with sand

Like butts in their strong hands

They knock against the awning and the door

Behind which the clock is gone

And the bitter adolescents

Are leaving with them towards the sea!

Henri de Rignier

May. 20th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Re: I got the translation!!!!
thank you and your French friend so very much, makes more sense now

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