Fillette Tombée/Fallen Little Girl

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Une fois tombé dans l’oubli

On ne revient plus jamais

Tous les gars qui m’ont trahie

Se mélangent dans un goût de miel.

Une fois tu m’as embrassée

Excuse-moi, tu m’as embarrassée

Comme un papillon qui cligne

Sur les rêves qui waste away.

J’ai trouvé ton remplacement,

Yeux de baleine, poised the other way

Il m’a aimée forcément

Comme tu aimes les bandes-dessinées.

Une fois froissée; rejetée

J’ai cherché aux déchets un goût de miel

Je n’ai trouvé que ton coeur

Fixé sur une infidèle.

Je n’ai trouvé que le jamais

Il était une fois plus que ça pourtant souviens-toi de moi mais

Une foi n’obscure pas la lune

Qui allume the place I fell.

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Intended meaning in English (my first language)

Once fallen into history’s attic

One never comes back

All the guys who betrayed me

Seem to converge in a drop of honey.

One time you embraced me

Excuse me, you embarrassed me

Like a butterfly blinking

Upon dreams as they waste away.

I found your replacement

Whale eyes poised the other way from me

He surely loved me

The way you love comic strips.

Once I’d been crumpled; tossed

I dug through the trash for a drop of honey

All I found was your heart

Attached to another.

All I found was neverness

Once upon a time, however, there was more than that, do remember me but

One time doesn’t block out the moon

That lights up the place I fell.

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Note: The rhythm of this poem is loosely inspired by Carla Bruni’s song “La Valse posthume,” which sounds sweet but jingles with skeletal creepiness once you understand the lyrics. If you’re into subtly terrifying, understated guitar, piano and vocals, look up her music.

Image credits in order of appearance:

By © Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23727286

By Peter Merholz – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3712996

By Geoffrey Arduini – http://unsplash.com/post/93258581869/download-by-geoffrey-arduinihttp://s3.amazonaws.com/ooomf-com-files/KgqDYXRLSeyeSbhxYTjK_lookingAtTheArch.jpghttp://flickr.com/photos/sapintremblant/6824518675/http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7033/6824518675_27fd25e615_o_d.jpg, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35190798

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