At the Green Inn
Five in the
For a whole week I had ripped up my boots
on the stones of the roads.
I walked into Charleroi. -Into the Green Inn:
I asked for some slices of bread and butter,
and some half-cooked ham. Happy, I stuck out my legs under
the green table: I studied the artless patterns of the wallpaper
– and it was charming when the girl with the huge breasts
and lively eyes, – a kiss wouldn’t scare that one!
– smilingly brought me some bread and butter and lukewarm ham,
on a coloured plate; – pink and white ham,
scented with a clove of garlic – and filled my huge beer mug,
whose froth was turned into gold
by a ray of late sunshine.