CAFE TRIESTE San Francisco oil on board SCOTT 2007

CAFE TRIESTE San Francisco oil on board SCOTT 2007

I saw this poem referred to in a book the other day and I perceived that it would not be beyond and me and I was right. It’s not even beyond my basic French and I liked it too and decided to share it.

I include Lawrence Ferlinghettis translation here too, he of the famous City Lights book store in San Francisco.

The picture is a painting I made of tea(I know not coffee)in Cafe Trieste near that vaunted book shop…

Dejeuner du matin

Il a mis le café
Dans la tasse
Il a mis le lait
Dans la tasse de café
Il a mis le sucre
Dans le café au lait
Avec la petite cuiller
Il a tourné
Il a bu le café au lait
Et il a reposé la tasse
Sans me parler
Il a allumé
Une cigarette
Il a fait des ronds
Avec la fumée
Il a mis les cendres
Dans le cendrier
Sans me parler
Sans me regarder
Il s’est levé
Il a mis
Son chapeau sur sa tête
Il a mis
Son manteau de pluie
Parce qu’il pleuvait
Et il est parti
Sous la pluie
Sans une parole
Sans me regarder
Et moi j’ai pris
Ma tête dans ma main
Et j’ai pleuré.

-Jacques Prévert


CAFE TRIESTE oil on board CLARE SCOTT 2007


He put the coffee
In the cup
He put the milk
In the cup of coffee
He put the sugar
In the cafe au lait
With the coffee spoon
He stirred
He drank the cafe au lait
And he set down the cup
Without a word to me
He lit
A cigarette
He made rings
With the smoke
He put the ashes
In the ashtray
Without a word to me
Without a look at me
He got up
He put
His hat on his head
He put
His raincoat on
Because it was raining
And he left
In the rain
Without a word
Without a look at me
And me I took
My head in my hand
And I cried.



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