When sourcing poems for this section, I could of course not ignore Baudelaire (and will probably revisit him quite a few times). And where better to start than with this short poem – one that fully speaks for itself


The Albatross

Sometimes for sport the men of loafing crews
Snare the great albatrosses of the deep,
The indolent companions of their cruise
As through the bitter vastitudes they sweep.

Scarce have they fished aboard these airy kings
When helpless on such unaccustomed floors,
They piteously droop their huge white wings
And trail them at their sides like drifting oars.

How comical, how ugly, and how meek
Appears this soarer of celestial snows!
One, with his pipe, teases the golden beak,
One, limping, mocks the cripple as he goes.

The Poet, like this monarch of the clouds,
Despising archers, rides the storm elate.
But, stranded on the earth to jeering crowds,
The great wings of the giant baulk his gait.

Taken from the excellent site fleursdumal.org, dedicated to Baudelaire’s Fleur Du Mal (Flowers Of Evil)