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Homecoming / Le retour


Your father and mother
your wife and child
the child you’ve never seen
in front of you.

Everyone quiet
like strangers
posing for their photograph
their eyes on you.

Your hair, crew cut
your uniform pressed and spotless
a rack of ribbons on your chest
your right arm missing

you take their picture.

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Le retour

Ton père et ta mère
ta femme et ton enfant
l’enfant que tu n’as jamais vu
face à toi.

Tous, en silence
comme des étrangers
posent pour le photographe,
les yeux sur toi.

Tes cheveux, coupés en brosse
ton uniforme, repassé , immaculé
un tas de rubans sur la poitrine
ton bras droit… absent

tu les prends en photo.

Traduction: Françoise Parouty

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