Le Pont Amérique / Hiromi Suzuki

Under the America Bridge the train runs,
And our love runs away.
I remember,
We were swaying on the connection bogies,
Talking about our escape journey to the distant country.

The night is a clock chiming.
The days go by not I.*

A pantograph making a silhouette in the sunset.
After the lunar eclipse and the full tide,
The last train will carry you away.
Before the sunrise,
Wearing a hemp shirt,
I will think of you in a dress with cut work lace,
Blowing in the wind at a platform of the Ebisu Station.

The tracks surround a breath of the town.
The steam rising from the warm kitchen.
The laughter of children frolicking in the back alleys.
A piano playing at the Moderato that causes boredom.
A reading light that chases the story through the curtain.

The night is a clock chiming.
The days go by not I.

Under the America Bridge,
Everyday life continues to flow.

We are eternal travelers.

hiromi suzuki is a poet, fiction writer and artist living in Tokyo, Japan. She is the author of Ms. cried – 77 poems by hiromi suzuki (Kisaragi Publishing, 2013), logbook (Hesterglock Press, 2018), INVISIBLE SCENERY (Low Frequency Press, 2018), Andante (AngelHousePress, 2019), Found Words from Olivetti (Simulacrum Press, 2020). Double solo exhibition with Francesco Thérès【visual HAIKU | OLIVETTI poems】 was held in Rome, 9 ~30 September 2021. Web site: https://hiromisuzukimicrojournal.tumblr.com/Twitter: @HRMsuzuki

References: Le Pont Mirabeau by Guillaume Apollinaire, *Quoted from Mirabeau Bridge Translated by Donald Revell

via Poetry Foundation https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/50041/mirabeau-bridge

Ebisu Minamibashi known as the America Bridge is a footbridge located between Meguro Station and Ebisu Station on the Yamanote Line in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. It was originally exhibited at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, US. The nickname comes from the fact that it was purchased by the Japanese National Railways (at that time) and erected at the present location in 1906 as a model for iron bridges.

Note: Le Pont Amérique is a part of the first poetry collection Ms. cried – 77 poems by hiromi suzuki (kisaragi publishing, 2013 ISBN978-4-901850-42-1). The poem written in Japanese have been translated by hiromi suzuki, 2021.

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