The Drunken Boat, Versailles Palace

'The Drunken Boat' Paris by Nizar M. Halloun © Attribution Non commercial Share AlikeAs I was floating down calm Rivers
I no longer felt myself steered by the haulers:
Gaudy Redskins had taken them for targets
Nailing them naked to totem poles.

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Comme je descendais des Fleuves impassibles,
Je ne me sentis plus guidé par les haleurs :
Des Peaux-Rouges criards les avaient pris pour cibles
Les ayant cloués nus aux poteaux de couleurs.

—A.R.

 

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