Guillaume Apollinaire: “Annie”


On the coast of Texas
Between Mobile and Galveston
There is an enormous garden full of roses
That also contains a country house
That is itself an enormous rose

A woman walks there often
In the garden all alone
And when I pass upon the road
That is lined with lime trees
We observe ourselves

As this woman is a Mennonite
Her clothes and roses have no buttons
And I myself am missing
Two buttons on my vest
You could say the lady and I
Follow almost the same religion.

Guillaume Apollinaire

Translated from French by Paul Weinfield, © 2016

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