I would like you to know
I lived in many cities with you
and though I was always a little wary,
I will follow you through the empty rooms
of the most grandiose of Habsburg halls,
proclaiming in a language you once spoke
but now barely know
a babble of love with every step
sliding along the gold molding like
flitting through the empty mirrors and
placing dust beneath your feet.
Anna Polonyi is a Hungarian-Franco-American writer. For previously published poetry and prose, check out Belleville Park Pages, The Bastille and Two Words For. She is currently working on a body of poems called The Wayword, about the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University, and an M.A. in Journalism and International Relations from Sciences Po (Paris). She has received a Fulbright fellowship for Young American Journalists and earns her daily bread as a freelance news reporter in France.