Commentary and Philosophy Poetry posted November 15, 2015


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a place of enigma

Paris

by mfowler

tourists stroll
the Avenue des Champs Elysees
grand old city
invites
enchants
 
admire
Monet at Musee d'Orsay
sup on
soupe a l'oignon at Pied de Couchon in the wee hours of the morning
get an eyeful
from the Tower decks
 
imagine
a hunchback looking darkly down from gargoyles on the Notre Dame
knitting cardies in the Place del la Concorde as royal heads drop in baskets
watching Nazis goosestep under the Arc de Triomphe as the home of liberté, égalité, fraternité is overrun
 
or
dive for safety at the Stad de France as bombs explode a friendly
between 'Germany' and France
cower on the floor as gun-fire bursts destroy the peace at Le Petit Cambodge
shiver with fear as gunmen threaten lives at the Bataclan
 
Ah, Paris
City of Light - la Ville des Lumières
grenades, bombs, and flowered gunfire

Oh, Paris

City of Love - ville de l'amour
gather your loved ones from the streets, the restaurants, the concert halls

for the city
which spawned
painters 
architects
romantics
lovers
idealists
has bled again

for Paris 
where:
liberty bathed the streets in revolutionary blood
 equality struggles with human differences
fraternity is fleeting among the traumatised 

will bathe in Spring's sunshine once again
and 
tourists will come
again 
to 
this enigmatic place
 
RIP: all victims of terror


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