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At my desk / A mon bureau

It’s not enough for me to read about the soft sand of beaches;
I want my bare feet to feel the sand.
André Gide, Les nourritures terrestres

At my desk

my legs are numb as stone
my head, stuffed with words

I stop reading
see myself running at the shore

feel hot sand beneath my feet
cold waves breaking, over my head.

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Il ne me suffit pas de lire que les sables
des plages sont doux ; je veux que mes
pieds nus le sentent.
André Gide, Les nourritures terrestres

A mon bureau

jambes de pierre gourde
esprit farci de mots

j’arrête de lire
je me vois courir sur le rivage

le sable chaud
les vagues froides approchent

se brisent
au-dessus de ma tête.
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2008
Traduction: Françoise Parouty



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