Roddy Williams – The Atheist Poet

somewhere (2008)

somewhere in a bucket in france are some pebbles
holding the da da da da of our love
whatever that da da da da may be.

we sat near the bucket with pain-de-la-something
and vin-de-le-something
that’s wine,
and flicked in the pebbles one at a time.

making a wish with each buckety clunk
till the pain-de-la-something
was pain-de-la-crumbs
and all of the wine was drunk.

what was my wish that i made as the
splish water splayed up the galvanised sides?

what was my wish?
that i could recall
the detail, the beauty, the all of it all.


2 responses

  1. john short

    May be a pedantic detail but there’e no “de le” in French, it’s “du”.

    December 30, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    • Thanks… My French is appalling, but I think that it adds to the atmosphere of it, and besides, I lose the rhythm if I use ‘du’. Thanks anyway for pointing that out 🙂

      December 31, 2016 at 12:45 am

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