Béatrice Machet # 265 Freckles

# 265   Freckles

It was a time when we

both were standing in front of a large

long mirror

stiff and bright

adorning the corridor in our grandparent’s apartment

You would have brandished an air dryer pretending

it was a pistol

I was supposed to be frightened but

I always burst out laughing

and this very day

almost choked I succeeded in saying:

shoot every freckle you’ve got

on your face

I didn’t know it hurt you that much

# 265   Taches de rousseur

C’était le temps où nous

nous tenions devant un grand et

long miroir

raide et brillant

qui ornait le couloir dans l’appartement de nos grands-parents

Tu brandissais un sèche-cheveux en prétendant

que c’était un pistolet

j’étais supposée avoir peur mais

j’éclatais toujours de rire

et ce jour-là

presque étouffée je réussis à dire :

tire sur les taches de rousseur que tu as

sur le visage

je ne savais que ça te ferait autant mal

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