For You My Love

 

                                          FOR YOU MY LOVE

 

I went to the bird market

And I bought some birds

For you

my love

 

I went to the flower market

And I bought some flowers

For you

my love

 

I went to the scrap-iron shop

And I bought some chains

Some heavy chains

For you

My love

 

And then I went to the slave market

And I looked for you

But I didn’t find you

my love.

 

~Jacques Prévert

(translated by Day Williams from the French)