Le berre de rivière (The River Berre)

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”

–      Vincent Van Gogh

“Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.”

–  Joseph Conrad

Le berre de rivière  (The River Berre)

Tables and chairs

Against an ancient


Across from le


If you are lucky

A seat can be yours

So many tourists

Pageant of color

Paints the sky

As the sun disappears



La berre

Dried up

Fish to dust

Few remaining puddles

Disappear rapidly

To be return with

November rains

Un verre de vin rouge

For now

A book

As I wait until


Take center


A show that takes

My breath away



Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

24 thoughts on “Le berre de rivière (The River Berre)”

    1. Merci! However, it would be even better if you could share it! You can see the spot in one of the old blog photos.

      If the wind dies down a bit, I will catch a star for you this evening and tie it to the next card!



      1. There should be plenty of sun here for some time yet. It is vendange (grape harvest) and very busy. There isn’t a cloud in the sky so I can tip my head and count stars until I run out of numbers. 🙂 xx

    1. There is room, however, there are three flights of stairs. However, for a visit, I think we could work something out that would be much more user friendly! 🙂

    1. This 300+ year old town house has a total of four flights and each floor has very high ceilings. The stairs are elliptical and a bonus workout! lol

      What I have in mind is my friends down the street run a chambres d’hotes (B&B) and would be happy to have you stay. It is so charming and there are rooms available on the ground floor. I am down there often as I have no outdoor space and their garden is stunning!

  1. That sounds perfect! My mobility has decreased so much over the last three years or so. My immediate challenge is to make the trip to Ireland on the ferry to see the bab y. My husband has persuaded me – finally – to buy a lightweight wheelchair for the boot of the car just in case. I HATE the idea of it, I am not ready for this yet! I am someone who darts here there and everywhere doing e erything!! Not anymore, this MS has brought me to my knees, it’s a monster.

    This is where the poetry helps so much, just an outpouring of feelings and the fun ones just provide a light distractionxx

    1. I understand more than you might think. An accident while working left me with permanent nerve damage. Fortunately most days are good. Yet, the winter often brings more problems…

      It seems I shall have to create some humor! lol


  2. This is one lovely poem, Lea…just like you I love star gazing, preferably on moonless nights when stars just seem to carry on an animated conversation discussing who will wear the tiara as brightest star of the night…

  3. Ah, this is lovely. Sadness in lines like “fish to dust” (which is one I particularly like) and then the knowledge that the river will fill again in time. Very soothing.

  4. This could make anyone fall in love with poetry, thank you. You make my heart smile.

  5. beautiful capture of the moment lea..and just coming from your found in france blog, i have an additional picture in my head…love the quotes as well

    1. Thank you claudia. Today on my french blog is a poem about Paul Cézanne both in English and French. I hope you enjoy it. I don’t usually do quotes on this blog but today, I could not resist. France has given me a life I never dared dream was possible.

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