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Beautiful / Ma Belle

Beautiful

Come over here
he whispers

from his
sidewalk table.

Come over here.
Now.

His eyes travel
up & down her body.

She says nothing
looks straight ahead

and keeps walking.

He snaps her
into his instant camera.

You’re over here now.

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Ma Belle

Viens ici
chuchote-t-il

de sa table
en terrasse.

Viens ici.
Tout de suite.

Ses yeux parcourent
son corps de haut en bas.

Elle ne dit rien
regarde tout droit

et continue de marcher.

Il la prend
avec son appareil-photo.

Tu es ici maintenant.
………………
2000. Traduction: Françoise Parouty
Publié: Microbe,2003; Tarabuste Editions, 2007


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