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They / Elles

They

They march in single file
along the fashion highway

super-thin models
their faces frozen.

For awhile, you’re up there
with them

detached

your hips bouncing to the hip-hop beat
your eyes shouting to the applause

Look at me.
Don’t look at me.

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2008

Note:

“how one does not see the maids/
when they pass by
with trays of deviled eggs//
arranged in daisy wheels”
Julia Alvarez. Homecoming

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Elles

Elles défilent une par une
sur la passerelle

les top models ultraminces
au visage de glace (figé)

Et pendant un instant
tu es là-haut avec elles

détachée

tes hanches balancent au rythme du hip-hop
tes yeux crient aux applaudissements

Regarde-moi.
Ne me regarde pas

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2008
Traduction: Françoise Parouty



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