One Day

by Drora Matlofsky

One day, when you're a big girl,
I'll take you to the theatre,
He said.
To the Comédie Française,
The greatest of all
And we'll watch Molière.

I liked Molière,
I read all his plays.
I saw a few too,
With school,
Pretty women with long dresses
Giving witty answers
To men in silly wigs
And funny short trousers.

Each time I walked by
The Comédie Française
I dreamed of the promise
Hiding behind its doors.

Then I stopped walking by.

One day, when you're a big girl...

I am a big girl
And there are no days left.

Drora Matlofsky has been living in Jerusalem since 1984. Her poetry in English has appeared in various poetry and Jewish magazines and her poetry in French can be found on the Poésie Française site.

Last updated May 31, 2019