Affair with Hemingway

“I didn’t want to kiss you goodbye – that was the trouble – I wanted to kiss you good night – and there’s a lot of difference.”  –  Ernest Hemingway

“They love me like a pack of wolves.”   – Ernest Hemingway

“Love is forever. Lust is for the moment. Got a moment?

 –  Michael Gorman


Affair with Hemingway


Remote corners of café

Closerie des Lilas

Summer evenings beneath stars

Sidewalk tables and stories

Late at night – mon chambre

I take you to my bed

Crawl deep inside your stories

I have my way with you

You reach out through time

Together, we do Paris

Huddled in corners

Sipping wine and champagne

Dark Smokey tables shared

Avec Fitzgerald, Ezra et

Ford Madox Ford

War stories, the bulls

Nights at Bricktops

Josephine’s rocking the joint

Gertrude’s salon

Champagne et art du jour

Picasso, Modigliani

Breathless with anticipation

I surrender and plead for more

It is the life – it is life

C’est magnifique!


About Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.
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17 Responses to Affair with Hemingway

  1. Fabulous Lea! What a great for a poem, very original. Love it. xxx

  2. Yes! Im sure you did; your words imply just that!! (I missed out the word ‘idea’ in my enthusiasm to comment! 😊 xxx

  3. Polly says:

    A wonderful concept – just love the construction of this – original thinking at its best 🙂

  4. Lea very original and made me smile to myself, you are such a talent my friend. Enjoyed this frolic with you.

    • leamuse says:

      Kath, you are so kind. I had such a good time reading Hemingway over the summer. It wasn’t exclusively and I haven’t read everything but I did get through several of his books and the first one I read is still my favourite. Of course it took place in Paris… xx

  5. claudia says:

    in bed with hemingway… and if it’s only his words… that is exciting for sure… one of my fav quotes by him is “write drunk, edit sober” though i have to admit that i don’t follow his advice… usually i write my poems with a cup of fennel tea next to me… smiles

  6. Mélanie says:

    HL = huge like… ❤ btw, I love Hemingway and I visited his villa in Key West 2 years ago: very impressive and emotional… I may write about it some day asap… 🙂

    • leamuse says:

      That would be very interesting! I shall look forward to reading about it. I really enjoyed each of his books that I have read so far.
      There is something magical about walking through the place where a favourite artist worked or lived. For me, the best was Atelier Cézanne! C’est magnifique!!! 🙂

      • Mélanie says:

        je “broderai” qqchose là-dessus asap… 🙂 lucky you, je ne connais pas l’atelier de Cézanne… même France Gall l’aime: 🙂
        * * *
        Hemingway and Steinbeck have been my favourite US authors since highschool, and I had “la chance” to visit Steinbeck’s house, too – in California several years ago… small world, indeed! 🙂

      • leamuse says:

        No doubt you walked along Cannery Row and hopefully took a swim in the small cove that allows you to get up next to the aquarium? I love swimming there as the otters would get up close and personal… 🙂

  7. beckarooney says:

    I love this Lea! This poem is you all over. It is the life indeed! 😀 xx

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