I sat restless
upon your leather armchair –
my fingertips dancing upon my wrists,
and my feet tumbling from side to side
while you waited for me to talk.
You seemed like l’ange protecteur,
wanting to protect me from myself,
yet I felt so small
that my tongue fell silent
and I could not speak at all.
And as I sat
upon your leather armchair,
I thought that maybe
next time I would talk.
Jehona Thaqi© l’ange protecteur is an artpiece by Niki de Saint Phalle. It is placed above the central railstation in Zurich.