POETRY

Straight Talk

By

"Ah! I see you at last
and the voice that speaks is your dear voice, of course!
Why does fate set my days this far from yours?
My need for you is great so I'll forget the rest!"

                 -Victor Hugo

Would you like to buy it?
My heart is for sale.
Would you like to buy it,
no haggling over it?

God's made it a lover's,
you'll make it your own;
God's made it a lover's
for one lover alone.

I've set the price;
would you like to know it?
I've set the price;
don't be surprised.

Do you still have yours?
Be mine and show it.
Do you still have yours?
For mine costs yours.

If yours is gone,
I want one thing only;
If yours is gone
my life is done.

My own will slip from me,
shut in and lonely;
my own will slip from me,
God will have it from me.

Since, for love affairs,
life won't slow its pace;
since for love affairs
it allows few days.

The soul has to fly
as a stream must race;
the soul has to fly,
fall in love and die.


La sincère

by Victor Hugo

Veux-tu l'acheter?
Mon cœur est à vendre.
Veux-tu l'acheter,
Sans nous disputer?

Dieu l'a fait d'aimant;
Tu le feras tendre;
Dieu l'a fait d'aimant
Pour un seul amant!

Moi, j'en fais le prix;
Veux-tu le connaître?
Moi, j'en fais le prix;
N'en sois pas surpris:

As-tu tout le tien?
Donne ! et sois mon maître.
As-tu tout le tien,
Pour payer le mien?

S'il n'est plus à toi,
Je n'ai qu'une envie;
S'il n'est plus à toi,
Tout est dit pour moi.

Le mien glissera,
Fermé dans la vie;
Le mien glissera,
Et Dieu seul l'aura!

Car, pour nos amours,
La vie est rapide;
Car, pour nos amours,
Elle a peu de jours.

L'âme doit courir
Comme une eau limpide;
L'âme doit courir,
Aimer et mourir.

Anna M. Evans’ poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, Atlanta Review, Rattle, American Arts Quarterly, and 32 Poems. She gained her MFA from Bennington College, and is the Editor of the Raintown Review. Recipient of a 2011 Fellowship from the MacDowell Artists' Colony, she currently teaches at West Windsor Art Center and Richard Stockton College of NJ. Her chapbooks Swimming and Selected Sonnets are available from Maverick Duck Press. Her poem, Straight Talk," appearing in Kin is from a chapbook, Saint-Pol-Roux & Other Poems from the French.

Would you like to buy it?
My heart is for sale.
Would you like to buy it,
no haggling over it?

God's made it a lover's,
you'll make it your own;
God's made it a lover's
for one lover alone.