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    The World As Obstacle

    By Franois CharronTranslated from French by

    Meagan Maguire

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    Insoncscient thought enters into this space with a single step.The seconds go to sleep in my memory.

    "ome li!ing people act out the comedy.

    "ome curious ones !enture out onto the roofs.

    A ghost does not disappear.

    The night is filled with shadows.

    There are still a million stars possible.

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    The stones are blind.The room is deserted.

    The situation worsens.

    The days drift on.

    One knows !ery few things.

    One still knows nothing.

    #ature is mistaken.

    $ertain difficulties remain tenacious.ittle by little the situation calms down.

    A glimmer li!es in the body.

    The plants breathe.

    One takes the temperature of water.

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    "omeone has empty hands."omeone lowers their eyes.

    We think she might miss us.

    Absentmindedly we fidget with our fingers.

    A line is drawn on the ground.

    The same person lifts their head three times.

    It is another thing that calls upon us.

    %ere the lea!es co!er the ground.The line will ne!er mo!e.

    Time seems to sleep.

    #othing mo!ed closer.

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    A ball rolls on the ground.A glass is o!erturned.

    A car splatters a pedestiran.

    In this place obstacles are in the way.

    In the same place a balloon floats.

    A witness heard things said.

    There are little black eyes that twinkle.

    %e knocks on a door.%e waits to see if someone is coming.

    A neighbor throws his flowers into a basket.

    The flowers reappear at the moment of a meal.

    The truth lights up on their faces.

    #o one recogni&es it.

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    A black s uare on the brown earth.An empty room near a star.

    "omeone makes knots in a cord.

    Ideas slowly tear themsel!es to shreds.

    (aking the decision to abandon e!erything.

    A sword lies at the bottom of the pond.

    The grass barely grows.

    A circumstance like this one is not natural.The landscape is not natural.

    It is only through action that one succeeds at something.

    $rying next to an empty room.

    The sword will not go any further.

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    )y chance you must cross the road.A portrait follows us e!erywhere.

    We stop and are stunned.

    We stop and we start again.

    There is rain on the sidewalks.

    The sidewalks seem deserted.

    The sidewalks remain free in front of us.

    %ere a human starts talking again.*motions mix with the breath of the lea!es.

    We are obli!ious to what makes us tremble.

    The air looks to pass by.

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    A hardened dreamer stretches and lies down.*!erywhere he goes people ask him uestions.

    %e remembers a dark hallway.

    %e remembers a hallway without heat and without flame.

    %e in!ents words in a foreign city.

    +ou don't know right away what will happen.

    rns are dropped off in the middle of a room.

    A memory finished by erasing itself.There is a poster glued to a wall.

    A ring is left in its box.

    The time we see disappears.

    Time makes no noise.

    The lightbulbs will soon burn out.

    The situation will last only a few moments.

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    "orrows uickly heal.The face changes and modifies itself.

    I wear a big black coat.

    The fortress is an image that sleeps.

    We wait for more in life.

    We hope for more in life.

    ookouts stop me from lea!ing.

    Time passes too uickly.A failed war de!ours us.

    I place myself behind a chair.

    The fortress li!es without thinking.

    One must go ouside again.

    The moon ignores desire.

    The moon is something that resembles an e!ent.

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    The crowd gi!es up because of a rain shower.Transporting a coffin to a train station.

    A heap of memories assails me.

    As soon as I lea!e my house the world suffers.

    -eelings infiltrate the depths of my soul.

    I know one can lo!e another person.

    I know that lo!ing can shine up a body.

    A machine cannot experience any feelings.The crowd disbands near the edge of a fountain.

    Two weeks ha!e flown by since then.

    I remember all of this !ery distinctly

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    Time pro!es itself to be long and empty.The uni!erse does not recogni&e me.

    +ou gi!e a name to a child.

    The next day you don't think about that anymore.

    It seems to me that when you get rid of dust.

    A figure seems to want to become clear.

    ust mocks me.

    I can do nothing for anyone else.It's me alone who torments me.

    I stay here and I see an empty &one.

    #o !ehicule comes here.

    A light post is co!ered in posters.

    I want to say something.

    I want to make some gesture.

    This is a moment of extreme indecision.I crumple up a page on which I had written something.

    I don't know what.

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    At the beginning the place is deserted.Then a rain shower resonates on the roofs.

    The riddle faints on my table.

    I am not afraid of eternal &ero.

    There are dangers that we reduce.

    The most beautiful things contain nothing.

    $hildhood is endless.

    $hildhood lasts only three seconds."now spreads out o!er the surface of a flag.

    A column becomes in!isible.

    An unknown prayer lies under my heart.

    They came to rummage through my room.

    (arbles roll in the shadowy corners.

    The idea of a single world is an imperfect idea.

    A pro/ectile could make us dead.

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    We struggle against the cold which persists.We struggle against separation, misfortune.

    What we know dies in the month of ecember.

    0lanks free&e on the surface of lake.

    We are afraid that a sensation lea!e us.

    We are afraid that a sensation betrays our will.

    (aking se!eral steps to reach the armchair.

    "ur!eying a room with arms behind the back.(inutes ha!e as much importance as hours.

    When you find yourself alone, you understand ob/ects better.

    It is natural that !ery few things happen.

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    A blindfold is forgotten on the bed.$louds make shadows on the paupers.

    #oises are buried in the room.

    Armors rot in the room.

    -og wants to take o!er the bed.

    1agged pieces crash into the ground.

    A messanger takes a paper and mo!es on.

    A messanger dips his fingers into the mud.An old man does the math in order to write up his final wishes.

    The blindfold is stained with mud.

    There is no moon to contemplate.

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    The simplicity of fire enters into us.A child is left alone behind a door.

    The stories we heard encircle us from e!erywhere.

    0edestrians walk slowly.

    "igns fade.

    ong flames lick our destiny.

    Our faces are co!ered with sweat.

    To be here is stranger than desire.Arrows disperse and ne!er return.

    Arrows bite animals who are infinitely fragile.

    A pedestrian throws himself into the arms of a friend.

    *!ents do not play out like we thought they would.

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    A few steps more and our sentences e!aporate.We dread the disappearence of our words.

    We often want to change places.

    "ilences camoflage us in the name that they carry.

    A woman lea!es us with eyes so sad.

    -rom where comes a woman with eyes so sad2

    A feeling can function for a long time.

    All names slide along opposite of us.Animals drift away through the tall grasses.

    There are large fissures that run on top of the ground.

    "omeone promises to pick herself up all the same.

    One always arri!es somewhere.

    A mistake protects us.

    #o one tells us why.

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    A s uare is gi!en to the earth.A smokestack pierces the hori&on.

    -ar away something seems to dissol!e.

    All that was lies underground.

    All that was becomes lamentable.

    All that was is !omited up by the mouth.

    An indi!idual has a duty to continue to li!e.

    It pro!es to be important to continue to li!e.A portrait is copied and lo!ed.

    A candle trembles at the break of dawn.

    This will be remembered until the end.

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    Someone who sings on a forlorn path.Stepped over logs on a forlorn path.

    Season without age and without wrinkles.

    Calm season liberated season.

    !ain down tremendously as a response to everything.

    "hite #oy that erases wit