By candlelight he loved to read all through his life. And often moved a hand across the flame, to prove to himself that he lived, prove that he was alive. Since the day of his death, he has kept by his side a candle that burns. But now he keeps his cold hands firm.
Tout le long de sa vie Il avait aimé à lire Avec une bougie Et souvent il passait La main dessus la flamme Pour se persuader Qu'il vivait, Qu'il vivait. Depuis le jour de sa mort Il tient à côté de lui Une bougie allumée Mais garde les mains cachées.
Jules Supervielle (1884–1960)