Exoolà ! L’extia ! Tu feels !

A little bit different this time. Here you will find short poems in English (love, reading and cooking, you might call it) et en français (larmes et extase). These are not versions of the same poems. The poems are different language to language.

The barber with his razor sharp
Five colleagues, for Picasso - William Eaton, 2021
The barber with his razor sharp
Shaves the stranger’s face.
The lover by the river feels
A hand about her waist.

The worst thing of all
The worst thing of all may be a great date.
Then the woman’s thoughts are frayed.
If love should fall on the he or she,
What O where would this new me be?

Not everyone’s too busy to read

The hawk he comes to eat the squirrels,
Ducks to fountain, for water and crumbs.
The butterfly on my book delighting –
How does she know the story’s good?

Poem after a post on Facebook

One day you’re cooking, and me, I’m naughty.
I have to go with a pot to the potty.
And sausages emerged as I did squatty.
Watch what you’re putting ‘tween those chapatis!

∩ Something like the first line popped up on Facebook, sometime in 2021.


Journée grise, rue Vaugirard

Oui, c’est moi,
Qui marche dans la rue,
Qui rentre chez moi,
Une fois pleurée.

Et toi qui me regardes :
Qui te l’empêche ?
Surtout pas moi,
Trop chargée.

∩ Une version, de l’an 2021, des visages d’Ezra Pound, sur une branche noire et humide : “faces . . . on a wet, black bough” : In a Station of the Metro.

Après une dure journée de consommation ostentatoire

Extiaxil, ce n’est jamais facile !
Qu’en trance juste là, aux peaux sensibles.
Dis, la phorèse tu la cibles ?
Ta respiration dépasse la normile ?
Exoolà ! L’extia ! Tu feels !

∩ Inspiré par une affiche publicitaire vue dans une vitrine, la rue Vaugirard, Paris.

— Poems and drawing by William Eaton.

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