TANT DE FLEURS ... SO MANY FLOWERS ...
José-Flore Tappy trans. Patrick Williamson
Tant de fleurs
aux tiges dures
aiguilles de feu
fichées dans le front du desert!

Si mon bras avait leur fulgurance
et leur force incendiaire
je viserais tes deux yeux

j'arracherais
sans trembler
tes prunelles maléfiques
So many flowers
with intransigent stems
needles of fire
driven into the desert's brow!

If my arm had their dazzling brilliance
their incendiary force
I would aim at your two eyes

I would pull out
without trembling
your evil pupils

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


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