Room in New York (1932) – Phan Quỳnh Trâm




The man is smoking a cigarette,
reading a book in the balcony
while the woman is indifferently
browsing the internet in the room
both are doing their activities in silence
taking their time
absorbed in their own thoughts

suddenly the woman thinks
that she had seen this somewhere
or at least had felt it, once, somewhere
was it in an Edward Hopper painting
where the man was quietly reading a newspaper
while the woman was looking down as
she stroke a key on the piano with one finger?

Does “Room in New York”
make her feel the way she feels now
or should it be the other way round

Does it really matter?

Phan Quỳnh Trâm
(Dec 2014)

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