Anna Polonyi


I would like you to know
I lived in many cities with you
and though I was always a little wary,
I will follow you through the empty rooms
of the most grandiose of Habsburg halls,
proclaiming in a language you once spoke
but now barely know
a babble of love with every step
sliding along the gold molding like
ludicrous sunshine
flitting through the empty mirrors and
placing dust beneath your feet.

Photo of Anna Polonyi by Sabine Dundure

Photo of Anna Polonyi by Sabine Dundure

Anna Polonyi is a Hungarian-Franco-American writer. For previously published poetry and prose, check out Belleville Park PagesThe Bastille and Two Words For. She is currently working on a body of poems called The Wayword, about the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University, and an M.A. in Journalism and International Relations from Sciences Po (Paris). She has received a Fulbright fellowship for Young American Journalists and earns her daily bread as a freelance news reporter in France.