On dirait ton regard d’une vapeur couvert;

This poem by Baudelaire is a wonderful evocation of the inscrutability of his lover, illustrated by the elusive patterns and colours of the sky – always shifting, always changing, you can never quite pin it down or define it. The swirling of the mist obscures the sky and the lover – the mystery and the magic is never resolved – and can probably never be.

 
Ciel brouillé

On dirait ton regard d’une vapeur couvert;
Ton oeil mystérieux (est-il bleu, gris ou vert?)
Alternativement tendre, rêveur, cruel,
Réfléchit l’indolence et la pâleur du ciel.

Tu rappelles ces jours blancs, tièdes et voilés,
Qui font se fondre en pleurs les coeurs ensorcelés,
Quand, agités d’un mal inconnu qui les tord,
Les nerfs trop éveillés raillent l’esprit qui dort.

Tu ressembles parfois à ces beaux horizons
Qu’allument les soleils des brumeuses saisons…
Comme tu resplendis, paysage mouillé
Qu’enflamment les rayons tombant d’un ciel brouillé!

Ô femme dangereuse, ô séduisants climats!
Adorerai-je aussi ta neige et vos frimas,
Et saurai-je tirer de l’implacable hiver
Des plaisirs plus aigus que la glace et le fer?

— Charles Baudelaire

From <http://fleursdumal.org/poem/145&gt;

While there is fascination and beauty in the mystery of the sky and of the lover’s eyes, there is also tension and the implicit sense of danger and disillusion, as the unknown and the unforeseen tauten the nerves and nag at the poet’s spirit. This leads to the questioning in the last stanza of whether the poet can still be in love with his chosen one in colder climes, under a winter sky. The expectation is probably not – Baudelaire is a poet of the languid pleasures of warm, exotic climates and his love will probably fade and change like the mist across the sky.

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