“Par le train de minuit” by Myriam Descendres

Je tente bien que mal
L'œil rivé sur le cap
de Bonne-Espérance
J'en oublie quoi rêver
Le chemin... le chemin
Cette voie mystique
Comme la plupart sont des routes
je suis un endroit
sinon ce lieu désert
Mon jardin...
Ma vigne...
Ma lie...
Les trains ici passent toujours
S'enfonçant dans mes silences
Tu avais remarqué...
Combien ils sont à la fois
le chemin et le lieu?
De longues rails de fer
Contractant le temps
dans l'espace...
On m'avait dit:
L'homme a une maison
mais reste une véranda*
Rien n'aura jamais été
plus vrai
Ils ont de belles photographies
Et un coeur bien triste
Comme si la vie
se délavait doucement
en teintes sépia
Il est vrai que
Je ne suis que
en écumes;
*Alessandro Barrico : City

Now, enjoy the poem in English.

By the midnight train
Attempting beyond good
and evil
The eye transfixed
On the way
I forget why I dream
The way... that mythical
So many are roads
So few a place to call
No more than an empty
My garden
My vines
My lees...
Here the trains still pass
So deep in the silences
of my glowing nights
And they roll and rock
Both the places and the ways
Over long irons trails
Contracting time
Into space
Men have houses
You said
But are porches*
Mere windows
Of their souls
They have beautiful photographs
And mournful hearts
A life in sepia tones
True, I concede
Mine being
Of black and white
A life in argentique

Copyright © 2022 Myriam Descendres
All Rights Reserved

Myriam Descendres,

A young transgender female and poetess

at bay in her world of impressions, furtive flash

and melancholy. A black and white vision

marked by borderline, anxiety, and yes… love.

You can find her on twitter @13rrance

or wandering her garden on wordpress

at arg808.wordpress.com

Featured Image: Original art by o’Wisp, who can be found at @Lilly_wisp (Mostly unused) and a Instagram @wisp.x8finity.

Editor: Barbara Harris Leonhard

Amazon Best-Selling Author

Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir (EIF-Experiments in Fiction, 2022)

Pushcart Nominee, 2022

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  1. Ingrid dice:

    That was a good test of my French! Enjoyed both versions 🙂

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    1. Meelosmom dice:

      Yes! I studied a French years ago, and it’s great to publish Miriam’s poetry in both French and English.

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    2. 13rrance dice:

      Thank you so much, I am glad you did liked the poetry. It makes for a sunny sunday!

      Have a very beautiful day mlle Ingrid 💌💌🙏

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  2. Meelosmom dice:

    Myriam, thank you for your beautiful submission of the poem in both languages.

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    1. 13rrance dice:

      Thank you mlle Barbara!
      It is an incredible joy to post on MasticadoreUSA.

      Sending Hugs and love 💌💌💌

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      1. Meelosmom dice:

        Sending you even bigger hugs, love, and joy!

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  3. JMN dice:

    Bravo! More poems in bilingual texts would be welcome, especially in French, as this very fine one, as well as in Spanish and Arabic. Compliments to Miriam.

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    1. Meelosmom dice:

      Great idea! I hope to attract more bilingual submissions. 👏🏻🙏

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    2. 13rrance dice:

      Many thanks! You are right, it is so important for the diversity of expressions.

      I wish you sir or mlle JMN a very beautiful day.

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      1. JMN dice:

        C’est vrai. Merci à vous, et bonne journée aussi. En français c’est “Jacques” mon nom. Je lis français assez bien, je l’écris moins bien (évidemment!). Cheers and regards.

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      2. 13rrance dice:

        Thank you sir Jacques. May you have a wonderful week 🙏🌷🙏

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  4. jonicaggiano dice:

    How very beautiful Myriam and so lovely to read you here. I was able to feel myself on a train and could imagine the slight rhythm and looking out the windows. A beautiful write and I also thought this was so clever,

    «They have beautiful photographs
    and mournful hearts
    A life in sepia tones»

    Blessings my friend. Sending you big hugs and thanks for this both french and english version of your piece. Joni

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    1. 13rrance dice:

      thank you mlle Joni 🌷🌷

      I am very happy we can share words and poetry. It’s a long dance along time, and it make peoples closer by the feel.

      Hugs and love mlle Joni ❣♥️❣ I appreciate your kindness 🌷🌷

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  5. A great write Myriam! I loved the rhythm of your words on the train.
    «Mine being
    Of black and white
    A life in argentique»

    Congratulations! ❣️

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    1. 13rrance dice:

      Thank you mlle Cindy

      It is awesome to share, and touch people, to make them feel or evade or love.

      I read that there was another tragedy in California… as if the flood wasn’t enough. Hope you are safe and far from all that chaos.

      Take care and I send you hugs ❣♥️❣

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      1. You’re so welcome always. It’s so important. You know, I heard from David on his blog. I gotta check the news.. we’re good right here.. thanks a lot and hugs back! 💞

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      2. 13rrance dice:

        I try in staying far away from the news, but all that pain is hard to cut off.

        I am glad you are safe and sound 💌💗

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      3. It’s soooo true and thanks a lot! ❣️

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  6. Excellent poetry! The rhythm, the imagery, the poignant thoughts.

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