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Less Time

Less Time

Less time than it takes to say it, less tears than it takes to die; I’ve taken account of everything,
There you have it. I’ve made a census of the stones, they are as numerous as my fingers and some
Others; I’ve distributed some pamphlets to the plants, but not all were willing to accept them. I’ve
Kept company with music for a second only and now I no longer know what to think of suicide, for
If I ever want to part from myself, the exit is on this side and, I add mischievously, the entrance, the
Re-entrance is on the other. You see what you still have to do. Hours, grief, I don’t keep a
Reasonable account of them; I’m alone, I look out of the window; there is no passerby, or rather no
One passes (underline passes). You don’t know this man? It’s Mr. Same. May I introduce Madam
Madam? And their children. Then I turn back on my steps, my steps turn back too, but I don’t
Know exactly what they turn back on. I consult a schedule; the names of the towns have been
Replaced by the names of people who have been quite close to me. Shall I go to A, return to B,
Change at X? Yes, of course I’ll change at X. Provided I don’t miss the connection with boredom!
There we are: boredom, beautiful parallels, ah! how beautiful the parallels are under God’s
Perpendicular.



Poem Less Time - Andre Breton