La flâneuse

“The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.”    – Flannery O’Conner


“Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.”   William Blake


“The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless cannot change history.”   – Czeslaw Milosz




La flâneuse


C’est moi –  la flâneuse ( le flâneur)

Moth eaten – béret noir

My imperial crown

Climbing, descending

Village to village

All about town

Meandering the streets,

Villages and cities of

La belle France

Like Walt Whitman

Declarations of poetry

Observations – running

Commentary of my

Scrutiny – meditations,

Entreaties, prayers, odes,

Declarations in verse

Poetry – my creed


If you look up the word today flâneuse – feminine of flâneur, the dictionary would give the word stroll. Yet recently I read a brief passage describing 19th century poets in Paris as a flâneur – one who strolled about the streets of Paris crying out in verse much as the American poet, Walt Whitman was known to do on the streets of Manhattan.



About Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.
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17 Responses to La flâneuse

  1. cjm76 says:

    I’m a stroller XO

  2. namelessneed says:

    in the very earliest of morning hours , I’ll start to stroll, I’ll promenade
    thanx for another good read

  3. What a great poem Lea! And what a great idea too! i quite fancy being a stroller! I would probably be locked up though! 😊 xxx

  4. Polly says:

    I like the whole idea of this – nice one, Léa 🙂

  5. Su says:

    I can see you strolling gathering words along the way. Wonderful!

  6. Lea I have this wonderful image in my head strolling about a French village and listening to the ancient whispers of those creatives long gone.

    • leamuse says:

      I adore how you think! However, I must warn you that is an image one would be tempted not only to steal but to play with… 😉

  7. beckarooney says:

    Fantastic idea! I have wonderful imagery in my head of strolling along the streets too. We should have a special day in the year for poets to do this! 😉 xx

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