Terry Collett


Paris 1973 (poem)


That year
in Paris

you took
Dostoyevsky's novel

Crime and Punishment
to read when

you weren't touring
the sites

and you became
so immersed in the book

that you became
Raskolnikov

and killed
the old woman

and her half sister
and looked about the streets

you looked for the detective
Porfiry whom you suspected

was following you about
and as you sat

in the Champs-Elysées
or stood by

the Arc de Triomphe
you thought of all

the famous
who had stayed here

in this fine city
Henry Miller

Ezra Pound
Hemmingway

Debussy
Van Gogh

and that fanatical
conqueror Hitler

with his sick smile
under that

silly moustache
and that evening

your brother
in the hotel room

puked in the bidet
after sour wine

or too rich food
as you looked out

the window on
the Parisian street

to see if Porfiry
was out there

waiting for you
to charge you

with the murderous crime
you didn't do.

Submitted: Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Paris 1973 (poem) by Terry Collett )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Wooden Footprints, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  2. New Migration Equilibriums Time Shift Es.., Terence G. Craddock
  3. bonnie to your clyde, Mandolyn ...
  4. Purpose Of Life!, Geetha Jayakumar
  5. Corridors, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  6. My Forever Crying Angel, Vlad Mutuleanu
  7. ThankYou!, Geetha Jayakumar
  8. let the wild rumpus start!, Mandolyn ...
  9. Day 28 of July 2014, Erica Borges
  10. Keep on the Sunny Side, Joseph Narusiewicz

Poem of the Day

poet Edmund Spenser

Of this worlds theatre in which we stay,
My love like the spectator ydly sits
Beholding me that all the pageants play,
Disguysing diversly my troubled wits.
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]