All I Remember From A Previous Life

I drive, through the rain,

          pendant la nuit.

          La plage.
          La pluie.
          Le vent.
          Le froid.

I close my eyes, and

          Je tourne. Je tourne.

Her hair, crawling
on my face, creeping into kisses, fine
and black, as cold
as Normandy drizzle. There is the sound
of water on water, of water on cloth,
bright sounds, the sounds of children.

JDP 97/12

Copyright John D Porter © 1997


"Un Homme et Une Femme" (France, 1966)
dir. Claude Lelouche; musique, Francis Lai.
With Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimee.
Palme d'Or, Cannes (1966)
Oscar, Best Foreign Language Film (1967)

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