The Bouquet by Jacques Prevert

translated by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

What are you doing little girl?
With these freshcut flowers?
What are you doing there young girl?
With these flowers dried flowers?
What are you doing pretty woman?
With those fading flowers?
What are you doing there old dame?
With those dying flowers?

I await the victor.

 

Que faites-vous là petite fille?
Avec ces fleurs fraîchement coupées?
Que faites-vous là jeune fille?
Avec ces fleurs, ces fleurs séchées?
Que faites-vous là jolie femme?
Avec ces fleurs qui se fanent?
Que faites-vous là vielle femme?
Avec ces fleurs qui meurent?

J’attends le vainqueur.

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