mon voisin aime me taquiner / my neighbour likes to tease me

“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn.”   –  Jane Austen


“Listen, you only tease the ones you love.”   –  John Boehner


“I have an intense dislike for artificial society. In France, one could lead a free life – to do what one wanted to do without interference or criticism from one’s neighbors.”   –   Robert W. Service


Symbol d'Occitan

Symbol d’Occitan


mon voisin aime me taquiner / my neighbour likes to tease me

jean est taquiner moi

he delights in telling

le monde

says i am a spy

for obama

the twinkling

dans ses yeux,

illuminating smile

gives him away


the hard rods of


he shapes into

gates, railings,

le croix de Cathar

or the symbol of the

pays d’ Occitan

the flames of the


a mask


l’ atelier

le masque






About Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.
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16 Responses to mon voisin aime me taquiner / my neighbour likes to tease me

  1. This is s terrific poem Lea. your way with interchanging two languages just gets better and better, so skillful. I like the sound of Jean!


  2. Its here too! I expect there are rural areas where crafts etc are still done locally and with skill, but that’s in the minority. If we go for a day out in the dales or somewhere similar and buy something local its like we’ve bought gold! 😊


  3. beckarooney says:

    “You only tease the ones you love” so true! I love how you describe your neighbour, very imaginative and vibrant writing 😀 x

    • leamuse says:

      Oh Becka, how sweet you are! Jean is a character but I adore his family and they are so kind to me. His mother, Jeanne/Jeanette was my first friend here and she passed away last year. I do miss her. However, I still bake little cakes for his father, Armand, and took some photos of Armand and his long-time friend, Monsieur Jasse last Sunday. You should have seen Armand’s face when I gave him the photos. I had more made up for his granddaughter, Sophie, who is living in Paris and is always thrilled to have new photos of her grandfather. 🙂 x

  4. claudia says:

    haha… that is cool when you have such a friendly relationship with your neighbor that you can tease each other and laugh together… thanks for the smile

  5. Sheila says:

    I love your mixture of French and English and your neighbor sounds like a fun one! I hope all is going well with you. xo

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