Ten Nine

TEN NINE

CARVI
JASMIN
MANDARINE
CASSIS

ROMARIN
LENTISQUE
BERGAMOTE

PATCHOULI
AMBRE

Ce dix de septembre
Est un New York éteint
Qui, captif d’un éclat d’ambre,
Renaîtrait dans la main qui l’étreint.

Bourse pétillante
Sautant de bulle en bulle,
Fashionistas affolantes
Traversant la vie en funambules,

Gratte-ciels en verre
Que le soleil remplit
D’un jus d’agrume incendiaire,
À boire des yeux depuis son lit,

Designers branchés
Sur la rumeur des rues,
Essaim de langues lâché
Dans une Babel sans cesse accrue,

Ici tout est rythme,
Insouciance et gaîté,
Emballement d’algorithmes,
Pulsation qui bat sans s’écouter.

Quand règne l’instant,
Le temps ne passe plus
Et l’on se passe du temps.
Si le réveil sonne, il n’est plus lu.

JFC, Saint-Pair sur Mer, août 2008.

 

At the break of this tenth day of September
New York is still quiet in the morning hush.
Held captive by sunrise’s gleam of amber,
Soon reborn in the bustle of a new day’s rush.

The stock markets flash out deception and hope,
Posting harsh and fleeting numbers on their displays.
Fashionistas walk as if they’re on a tightrope,
Modelling the hottest looks on the runway.

Glass skyscrapers reaching ever higher
Reflect shards of a new day’s sunlight.
Glowing colours like citrus or wildfire
Dazzle pedestrian eyes sleepy with night.

Designers with their ears to the ground
Tune into the word on the street.
People talking and rushing around,
A Babel of accents when people meet.

Everything moves at its own rhythm and speed,
Carefree, quick steps in an improvised dance
Of capricious whims which novelty feeds,
Plans made on the fly, and things happening by chance.

We live in the present, focus on today,
Answering as soon as opportunity knocks.
We barely notice time slipping away,
And ignore the ticking of the racing clock.

translated into English by Jo-Anne ELDER

 

CARAWAY
JASMINE
MANDARIN
CASSIS

ROSEMARY
LENTISQUE
BERGAMOT

PATCHOULI
AMBER

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