To a Creole Lady
by Charles Baudelaire
- I've known, in scented lands that suns caress,
- Under a canopy of reddened trees,
- Where palms deluge the eyes with laziness,
- A Creole lady's charms that no one sees.
- Pale-hued and warm, this brown-skinned sorceress
- Bears in her head fine airs and dignities;
- A huntress strides in her tall slenderness,
- And her smile's quiet and her gaze at ease.
- If ever you go where true glories are,
- Madame, beside the Seine or the green Loire,
- Your beauty our old houses might well prize,
- And in some sheltered shady haunt you'd start
- A thousand sonnets in each poet's heart,
- Subdued more than your slaves by your large eyes.