Je regrette

Think of the wren and how little flesh is needed to make a song. from Why Regret?, Galway Kinnell It takes me a while to get into a Paris mood, and on this trip it came on the last day as Laura and I moved from market stall to stall in the Rue de la…

More Saturday

I’ve forgotten under which clock I am waiting for myself. from Being Late by Yevgeny Yevtushenko I witnessed two near-accidents and one accident as I walked up Rue de la Convention. The first was of a cab making a U-turn at the intersection of Vaugirard and Convention in front of approaching traffic from three directions.…

Saturday (Paris)

Born of the sun they travelled a short while towards the sun, And left the vivid air signed with their honour. Stephen Spender, from I Think Continually In the park     La Joconde (Mona Lisa) The museum was extremely crowded and all those bodies made it almost uncomfortably warm. There was the usual crowd…

From a distance

Yuk. How many yuppy-duppy, mampy-pampy, fatty-lahiti’ girly-boy concoctions are we going to have to suffer through before we drink real coffee? David Bragg, as quoted on the BBC’s The Fake News Show Ramblings (Paris @ 35 & 37 degrees) The first two days of this Paris trip have been extremely hot. At the Rodin gallery:…

Monsters

The more infrequently the crumbs of love are offered, the more hooked you are. You become conditioned, like a rat in a cage. Unknown One of my grandsons, the one who exhibits more signs of being fearful, has been captivated by the stories of Nessie. His dad sometimes wears a T shirt that states he’s…