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Cellphone Man / L’Homme au Portable

Cellphone Man

Coming toward me
his eyes look
long distance

not at me
not at the street
thick with traffic.

He’s pressing buttons
probably phoning his office.
He’s hogging the walk.

I jump.
Even the pigeons hop
out of his way.

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Homme au Portable

Il se dirige vers moi
ses yeux regardent
au loin

non pas sur moi
ni sur la rue
encombrée par le trafic.

Il appuie sur des touches.
Nul doute il appelle son bureau.
Il accapare le trottoir.

Je m’écarte.
Même les pigeons s’envolent
sur son passage.
……………………………..

1996. Traduction:  Françoise Parouty
Publié: Tarabuste Éditions, 2007