Civilization and its Discontents / Malaise dans la civilisation

With apologies to Freud, three poems, none too serious.
Que Freud puisse accepter mes excuses pour ces trois poèmes petits et légers.
 

Man as gorilla, sumi ink, by William Eaton, Sep 2017I

The playground is quiet,
I can read in the sun.
The children embalmed in day care,
Told when to hush, told when to run
 
Tranquille le terrain de jeu,
Le bétail à la garderie.
“On se tait !” “Vas-y, coure !”
Lire au soleil je peux
 

II

Avant que les cultures

les obsessions ont développées,

La vulve, le vagin et le pénis

étaient déjà sexualisés

par un usage répété.

 

Before our cultures this or that

obsession boldly juiced

The penis, vulva and vagina

were sexualized already

by repeated use.

 

III

Lyon Musée, woman yellow top, pen, colored pencils and water, drawing by William Eaton, Aug 2017In the bush, on our haunches we sat perfectly content,
But now—urbane?—our legs (are waxed and) cross.
Education’s responsible 4 this,
And, it could be, having toilets on which to piss.
 
Dans la brousse nous nous accroupissions contents,
Maintenant nos jambes (cirées) sont aussi bien croisées
Que les chevaliers chrétiens, les feux, les mots et les gilets,
Et nos enfants, toujours obligés à bien pisser.
 
— Text and Drawings by William Eaton

Sigmund Freud, Die Traumdeutung
(The Interpretation of Dreams; L’Interprétation du rêve)

  • . . . civilization—the agelong progress of repression in the emotional life of humanity
  • . . . la civilisation – le progrès éternel de la répression dans la vie émotionnelle de l’humanité

2 comments

  1. Thanks, Bill. Hope you’re doing well this week. We are grieving the loss of Steve Schewel’s mother last week, right in the middle of his mayoral campaign. What could be worse?

    On Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 11:21 PM, montaigbakhtinian wrote:

    > William Eaton posted: “With apologies to Freud, three poems, none too > serious. Que Freud puisse accepter mes excuses pour ces trois poèmes petits > et légers. I The playground is quiet I can read in the sun The children > confined to day care Told when to hush an” >

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