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This poem is taken from PN Review 240, Volume 44 Number 4, March - April 2018.

‘The Cygnet’ translated by Simon Smith Charles Baudelaire
Simon Smith

after Charles Baudelaire’s ‘The Cygnet’
(for Dorothy Lehane)

my thoughts are with you

from a little trickle
poor & sad mirror of Ages ago
echo to your unbearable loss

now the sour Stour busted with your tears
shocking my teeming memory
into action –

from the close
dog’s leg crossing Beaconsfield Road
then down the back alley

– recalled for me the new Carrousel –

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