Academic journal article Field

Your Shadow

Academic journal article Field

Your Shadow

Article excerpt

That night I dreamed of a novel whose title was your name

Someone had thrown it away in the street with other books

The writer 's name was the same as yours too

Are you here or somewhere else?

Do you walk in the streets all day long

The way you did with me beside the gray river?

What do you think of when you close your eyes, just as you fall


We don't see each other any more, or speak to each other

I wonder how you arrange your hours

What you do with words and images

The ones you keep, the ones you throw away, as I do

If you live the present moment like a bridge suspended above an


That the slightest weight, the slightest breath, could wash away

Or like a territory vast as the tundra

With no before and no after

You have gone away taking your sorrow

But you forgot a scrap of your shadow at the door

translated by Marilyn Hacker

[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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