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Sue Burge is a freelance creative writing and film studies lecturer based in King’s Lynn in the UK.  Last year she received an Arts Council grant which has enabled her to write a body of poetry in response to the cinematic and literary legacy of Paris.  Her poems have appeared in publications such as The North, Mslexia, The Lampeter Review, Stride, The French Literary Review, Brittle Star, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Cake and Orbis.  She is currently working with ten other poets on poetic responses to the 1916 documentary film “Battle of the Somme”.  More information on Sue’s work can be found at www.sueburge.uk

 

 

 

Parc Montsouris, 1961

 

He watches her sashay down the dusty steps
like a Hollywood star - black linen, heels,

her fingers shield her slim stomach,
conscious of the rogue cells of her shortening life.

Does he sense this?  This soldier on leave?
Half living, half dying, knowing somehow

she will never have the time to break his heart.
He wants to make her laugh today, to show her

the black swans nesting on the lake,
the meridian sculpture and how it splits France

asunder with its invisible line and the
trainline that slices the park in two.

Has she seen the wren picking up twigs
on this first day of Spring? The first step

towards the longest day, too far forward
for either of them to imagine.

 

 

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