This poem is taken from Stand 234, 20(2) July - September 2022.

István Vas de Flore On the Terrace of the Café de Flore
from ‘Five Sonnets’
Translated by Stephen Capus
Should I feel sorry for these pampered young
Parisians who strut in their high-heeled shoes
And here, among timeless monuments, choose
To spend their days in pursuit of fun;
Who, moved by a pious devotion, share
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