Sunday, January 11, 2015

La souplesse

In the time that it takes
to break in a pair of jeans,
it's virtually certain that
the sweater one planned for
it will portray its limits.
To see this as a betrayal of
the sweater, is paranoiac.
To see a natural fit as in-
decent, is dogmatic. I do
not think the French will
lose their genius for sup-
pleness, their discipline.

  If like so many others
  I had been a miscreant,
  I should be happy as
  they are!

François Marie Arouet
Zadig, ou la destinée
Ben Ray Redman
  editor and translator
The Portable Voltaire
Viking Penguin, 1949©

Louis Gaillot

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