Tuesday, February 12, 2013

From the Empirical Archives: In Paris by Catherine Edmunds

In Paris 
Catherine Edmunds

PHOTO: Dmitry B

Originally Published in the August 2012 Issue of Empirical

I think you have many such pyramids in Paris,
she said, and I couldn’t deny it, though this one—this
was something new

she walked away and into a kiosk
I followed, but all I could see was an elderly woman
dressed in blue stripes
far too short to see across the counter
her eyes on a level with Marie-Claire
but that wouldn’t satisfy her ugly demands in her stockings
criss-crossed with veins and treachery

I left
rested my eyes on pale plants
and between them, a movement—
a cat swept by, mimicking shadows
then gone, and all I had left was a memory
of pyramids, splashed with graffiti

PHOTO: Archibald Ballantine

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