Saturday, July 17, 2010

CHAPEAU OUBLIE



assis a  Dunn's Delicatesen
892 rue Saint Catherine Ouest
occupe
attente dans sa solitude
regarder
au sandwich de viande fumee
sur le jaune plaque de melmac
a cote de son chapeau oublie
le poete
l'homme a femmes
le chanteur
sa voix
remettre a la chanson
restant dela du desir
elle attende pour Leonard
de revenir pour son chappeau
a l'heure de fermeture


...translation....

FORGOTTEN HAT

sitting at Dunn's Delicatesen
892 Saint Caatherine St. West
busy
waiting in her solitude
staring
at the smoked-meat sandwich
on the yellow melmac plate
beside his forgotten hat
the poet
the ladies man
the singer
his voice
surrendering to song
remaining beyond desire
she waits for Leonard
to come back for his hat
at closing time


..................Leonard Cohen forgetting...... his hat at Dunn's Deli
 in Montreal....written in the "style" of Jacques Prevert

7 comments:

brenda w said...

You really have captured Prevert's style, Wayne. Something so mundane as a hat carries extraordinary significance. I saw that in some of his work, too. I love it and sympathize with the woman in your piece, I'd be waiting, too! ~Brenda

rallentanda said...

Ha..such a good poem Wayne. Would Leonard be wearing a hat like this? He uses French in his songs .His lyrics could be considered to be poetry. Enjoyed this. Good to see you again.

flaubert said...

Wayne
Love Leonard Cohen so! you have Prevert style perfect here! yes it is nice to see you back
Pamela

Marianne ~ said...

Rall's prompt has produced some truly magnificent poems .. this is one of them! You have clearly taken to Prevert's style. Well done!

Francis Scudellari said...

Superbly done. I love the small details in this such as the "yellow melmac plate". I've been to Montreal a couple times, but never had their famous smoked meat... next time.

I hope you were able to see Lord Stanley's Cup up-close. I got to see it at a short distance during the victory parade downtown here.

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