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Everything’s a sign / Toute chose est un signe

Everything’s a sign

of something else:
the morning waking up,
an old man coughing,
my neighbors, actors:
some walking dogs
others, jogging.

The voices I hear
the faces I see
they’re all commercials on tv.

Such a nice day.
Did I say that? did you?
Words like ice cream cones
in soft white paper napkins
completely shock-and-moisture proof

words from 9 to 5
in suits that never say anything
not said before.

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Toute chose est un signe

de toute autre chose:
le matin qui se réveille,
un vieillard qui tousse.
Mes voisins, des acteurs:
certains, promènent des chiens
d’autres, font du jogging.

Les voix que j’entends
les visages que je vois
des pubs à la télé.

Quelle belle journée.
J’ai dit cela? Et toi tu l’as dit?
Des mots comme des cornets de glace
dans des serviettes en papier douces et blanches
complètement à l’épreuve du choc et de l’humidité

des mots de 9 à 5
habillés en complets qui ne disent rien
que du déjà dit.
…………………………….

2002. Traduction: Françoise Parouty

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3 Responses to “Everything’s a sign / Toute chose est un signe”

  1. m. hamil Says:

    very nice words; drops of light in a shiny morning
    There for the layman, the philosopher
    And the reader to bathe in…
    Thanks for the sweet challenge.

  2. Henri-Dominique Paratte Says:

    Toute chose est un signe – mais
    de quoi? de qui? de quel
    mystérieux autre part? de quelle
    autre dimension, étonnante, surgissante, tapie
    dans les lignes du quotidien…

  3. Sanford Fraser Says:

    Professor Paratte,

    Thank you for your questions about my poem, “Everything’s a Sign of Something Else”. In saying that everything is a sign of something else, I think the first-person narrator in this poem simply means: everything is not itself. His neighbors, the people he meets are like actors in a commercial who never say anything mysterious, shocking , or unexpected; and certainly, their quotidian remarks never reveal anything hidden about themselves.

    I hope this poem does not stop you from viewing more of my poems on my blog:
    http://www.sanfordfraser.com

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