Rue Saint Claude

I don’t want to go back to that empty flat.

Non, I stay at this table and drink Beaujolais.

I don’t care if they see me with no socks and long nails,

(my flat is dark.)

All day, I sit, omelette, pommes frites, crème brûlée,

Beaujolais.

Laces undone.

What will they say when I die?

Rain.

Girls in school uniform under the eaves,

An American calls out, “café au lait, s’il vous plaît.”

Two women laugh.

(My flat is dark.)

-Lesley Lababidi, Paris, December 4, 2002

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