哀しみのベラドンナ | KANASHIMI NO BERADONA
by EIICHI YAMAMOTO
Japan, 1973

Based on "Satanism and Witchcraft" ("La Sorcière"), a book by Jules Michelet on the history of witchcraft that was published originally in French in 1862.

A Tale of Jean and Jeanne.

What is that flickering
In the pale mirror?
Not tears, not sighs,
But tomorrow's vanished scraps.
Or could it be a woman's leaden body
What is that howling
In the black sunset?
Not the night wind,
Not a crow,
But a creaking hinge of rusted hope.
Or could it be...
A woman's painful moan.
What is burning
In the dark judgment
Not grief,
Not penitence,
But the slhouette of one exhausted.
Or could it be...
a woman's strong resentment.
What awaits
In the pale march of time?
Not a life,
Not a grave,
But the mirage of a dead heart.
Or could it be
A woman's crimson blood.