J'AIMERAIS CREUSER
..................MA PLACE ...
I'D LIKE TO BURROW A
............PLACE FOR MYSELF ...
José-Flore Tappy trans. Patrick Williamson
J'aimerais creuser ma place
à l'ombre fraîche des mots
m'y tenir lovée
tanière
pour mes peurs vagabondes

Mais partout
le silence
son coup de fusil

cris murés dans la brique
I'd like to burrow a place for myself
in the fresh shade of words
to coil myself up there
a den
for my restless fears

But everywhere
the silence
its gunshot

cries walled up in the brick

Copyright © José-Flore Tappy 1999; trans. copyright © Patrick Williamson 1999 - publ. "The Chariton Review"


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