"Reality being too thorny for my great personality. —I found myself nevertheless at my lady’s, an enormous gray-blue bird soaring toward the moldings of the ceiling and trailing my wings through the shadows of the evening. At the foot of the canopy supporting her adored gems and her physical masterpieces, I was a great bear with violet gums, fur hoary with sorrow, eyes on the silver and crystal of the consoles. Everything became shadow and ardent aquarium. In the morning,— bellicose dawn of June,— a donkey, I rushed into the fields, braying and brandishing my grievance, until the Sabine women of the suburbs came and threw themselves on my neck.”
— Arthur Rimbaud, French poet was born today in 1854.