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,
What will they say when I die?
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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