Academic journal article Field

Forgive Them

Academic journal article Field

Forgive Them

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"Forgive them..." a drunkard is shoved by youngsters

This evening of blue snow

"Forgive them"

He could be their father, which makes them nastier, more cruel

How beautiful they are, slender, graceful

While he goes squelching through puddles of frozen mud

Like a bear at the end of his chain

"Forgive them" becomes a refrain in the mouth of the splendid

adolescent

A dark-haired girl with gleaming green eyes

She hums it into his ear

The snowflakes fall on her voice

Making it even sweeter

He ends up spreadeagled, his clumsiness, pushed by one of them

Who would know?

The pure vodka he thought he was sturdy enough to drink like

water

Has cut his legs from under him, burned his eyes, shrunken his

heart

To the size of a walnut

Lost in a body still confusing blood and desire

[Author Affiliation]

EMMANUEL MOSES, born in Casablanca in 1959, is the author of twelve collections of poems-most recently Sombre comme le temps, which received the Prix Théophile Gautier of the Académie Française-as well as a writer of novels and short fiction. …

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