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Composed by Mark Messing to Mickle Maher's translation of "La Lethe" by Charles Baudelaire.


Linger next my heart, heartless.
Adorable tiger, lazy carcass,
Linger there. I'll feast my fingers
in your heavy hair

And push my face in your skirt
And drink your perfume
And smell the extinguished bloom
of our love that lies dead in the dirt

Sleep, I want sleep, not life.
In a sleep that knows death's bliss,
without remorse I kiss
your copper limbs all night

And roll in the hole of your bed
As my tears vanish in its abyss
Oh, your lips are oblivion's pit
And the Lethe runs through your kiss

And my doom is now my delight
Like a martyr who gets excite-ed
Waiting for the pain
My joy is my chains

And To drown my spite I'll be sucking
Nepenthe and hemlock from the jutting
Tips of your breasts a la carte,
Those breasts that guard no heart

(c) 2016 Mark Messing and Mickle Maher


from UNQUENCHED: Music from Baudelaire In A Box, Episode 9, released May 20, 2017
T-Roy Martin: vocal
Ronnie Kuller: violin
Joey Spilberg: acoustic bass



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