“ Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”   –  Carl Jung



“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”   – Audrey Hepburn


“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”    –  Marcel Proust




mais oui

my hands empty

on arrival

en France

yet my palms

open as

mon coeur

armed with smiles

eyes wide open

sincère mais espiègle

an invitation to all


for some

six ans plus tard

ces mains

mon coeur

seem to overflow

yet yielding to welcome

each new friend

je gagne

perhaps it was the mischief

dans mes yeux?




Author: Léa

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

11 thoughts on “bredouille”

  1. Wonderful poem Lea! Im not surprised that during these years you have made many a friend; you have a truly open heart and a soul overflowing with kindness and love. Shall I make more coffe? 😊 ☕ xxxlovexxx

  2. smiles… it’s good to arrive in a new place with open eyes and the willingness to learn and understand a different culture…too many have been to so many places and left empty-handed cause they wore their well-worn glasses

    1. Yes Claudia. It is sometimes strange to hear people discussing their visit to somewhere you have been and their reaction so polarised. Of course many of them were not here long and I have no intention of leaving. 🙂

  3. This made me smile from the inside out, what would life be without our friends. . . love the Audrey Hepburn quote. 🙂 x

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