Better in French

D. E. Green is right.  Everything does sound better in French.  See if you don’t agree.  You can learn more about Doug Green, and read more of his poetry here.

for Diamonique Walker

Why does everything sound better in French?
Wittier? More pointed? More apt and apropos?
You know, with savoir faire and all that merde.
A woman I know from Cote d’Ivoire
likes to say how much she hates things,
but she does it with panache. Sometimes
she even says, je vous déteste. Sure, she’s saying
she hates me, but, god, doesn’t it sound
great? I mean I could be hated all day
by everybody as long as they said, je vous
déteste. And I want to do some je déteste-ing
of my own. Je déteste le sandwich de pain rassis.
It’s just stale bread, but it sounds like something
you’d hear at the United Nations, even the Louvre.
Wouldn’t it change the whole sorry dining
experience to walk into a MacDonald’s
and say, je déteste votre Big Mac? To tell
a bombastic politician, Assez, monsieur! Assez!

D. E. Green


9 thoughts on “Better in French

  1. Here’s one expression I always liked and still use often. (Hope I’ve got it right after all these years!) “Les choses se laisse trainer partout.” I always picture things scattering themselves and flopping down all over the room/house.

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    1. Isn’t that a wonderful pamphlet and project. The organizer found my work 2 years ago and asked if I would be part of the project. “Better in French” isn’t my poem though. It was written by D. E. Green. But I have to agree… Things really DO sound better in French! My poem in that pamphlet is “Corks.”

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