from Jacques le Sentimentaliste
(translated from the French by Josephine Martin and Hillary Olsen)
Do you remember the image of the fading rose at its last moments
Before memory (yours and mine) consumed it?
The light of your cigarette cast upon it shadows more beautiful
Than even you and I: the shadows that mingle with the smoke from
Your cigarette are dancing in my mind.
Published with permission of the author and the translators. This poem originally appears in the poem anthology Dames Bourgognaises (2011).