Consider the night-owl stars
Night-mist on our eyes -
Wipe it away, see impossibly far,
That star-heart where all possibility lies.
Take the cold night air to heart,
Under the bare trees in their rows -
Let the purest rain river our hair, part
Drop after drop, out of the star-flow.
Let's praise the magic moon
Cutest of them all, bright as a button:
A shame that even she, so soon
Gets up to let the sun sit down, and is forgotten.
Translated by Fred Johnston
('Ode Nocturne' is the title poem of a collection published by Les Éditions du Panthéon, Paris 2002. Julien Payan was born in Rouen in 1983 and is a musicology student. He counts among his influences Anthony Burgess and Jim Morrison).