Friday, January 13, 2017

Béatrice Machet # 343 (for the Something series)




# 343   (addendum something series)

She thought she had
                                     a foot in a door
it could open to a bet-
                                     ter world with friends
without prejudice
                                 some of the kind
                                                                “rivals no more”


when she broke through
                                     the threshold
entering the room she im-
                                            mediately knew
from facial expressions some-
                                                   thing in the eyes—a shadow of a smile …

soon she was buried alive
                                          thrown into the hole of contempt

she thought
between getting hit
                                   and getting it
the gap is either wide
                                  or narrow
depending on the co-
                                     lor of one’s skin
the accent of one’s voice
                                    … some are more exotic
more exciting than
                                  others that confess
a place                  where you were born
                                                                                               

elle pensait avoir
                     un pied dans la porte
celle qui pourrait ouvrir sur
                     un monde meilleur avec 
des amies
                 sans préjugés        du genre 
                                                                « rivales jamais plus »


quand elle passa le seuil
                                     et entra dans la pièce elle
comprit immédiatement
                                     aux expressions des visages à
quelque chose dans les yeux—l’ombre d’un sourire…

très vite elle fut enterrée vivante
                                       jetée dans le trou du mépris

elle pensa
entre avoir pigé
                             et être piégée
l’espace est soit large
                             ou étroit
 cela dépende de la cou-
                                            leur de la peau
l’accent d’une voix
                                   … certaines sont plus exotiques                                  
plus passionnante que
                                          d’autres qui trahissent
un endroit                                   où vous êtes né

2 comments:

  1. I read this one a few days ago Béatrice and loved it - it really drew me in - right from the foot in the door line and then the poem that tumbled out. Powerful stuff and succinctly put. Great writing!

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