“Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn
“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” – Mae West
“No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.” – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
You must remember this…
“We’ll always have Paris”
Rick whispers to Ilsa
The memories of
Lucien taking my hand
Dans la Louvre
His deep resonating accent
Thick as a fine paté,
A call to arms, to lips, tongues…
Two arms guide me
Lost in Ribera’s
La Louvre closes
I’m introduced to
The Latin quarter,
Canopy of leaves
Along the Seine
City of light
La ville de l’amour
No need for translation
Play it again…
37 thoughts on “You must remember this…”
You have perfected this to the last syllable! It’s simply gorgeous Lea. And I love the accent being compared to a fine patë, fabulous and the ending is -.well – perfect. And of course great quotes xxx
Christine, you are so kind. Here’s looking at you… 🙂 xxx
Beautiful. You paint with words 😉
Merci mon amie! 😉
Aw…’Thick as a fine paté,’—wondrous—so very many allusions and connotations—so very French—fab poem Léa xxx
Thank you Polly, but what is Paris all about? L’amour… 🙂 xxx
Beautiful word portrait Lea!
Merci beaucoup mon amie!
This is just glorious – you whirled the up into your world many times, and I’ve never wanted to come down. I adore Paris, But shall never see it with the same eyes again. You have recreated for me with your special memories. Thank you with all my heart
You are so sweet! Perhaps the next time you are in Paris… never say never! 🙂 xx
Actually, I was watching Casablanca when the poem came to me. 😉
My memories of Paris are rolled up in this Lea it is such a beautiful city. I remember watchng jacques Tati movies and being intrugued by everything French.
Kath, I love Tati! Have you ever seen Le ballon rouge? (The Red Balloon). There isn’t a word of dialogue and it doesn’t need it.
Oh sigh. I do so love Paris. My three visits just whetted my appetite for all things Parisian. It really does seem cruel to be flying into Paris and right on to Toulouse. But, this is my husband’s dream trip and he’s has spent days planning every moment in the South of France.
Always enjoy your lovely poetry and could relate to the Casablanca, references, but it did revive all my longing to return to Paris. C’est la vie. At least I have my memories and photos.
Hope you are well.
“We’ll always have Paris!” I do understand and despite my love of Paris, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere but here. You must be getting excited with you trip coming up very soon.
We are sort of in the middle of crises. My knee surgery went well last week, but my husband is having a lung biopsy tomorrow and my youngest son, father of four, has discovered he needs a pace maker. All our plans are in place with reservations made, but right now I am very glad I took out insurance in case it has to be cancelled. All prayers gratefully appreciated.
Consider yourselves surrounded by a flood of positive thoughts and wishes! An old English saying, ‘All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.’
Lea, I love that saying by a woman mystic. My best friend, who has lost both her husband and her youngest son, sends that to me. Coming from her I know that it can have true meaning even in suffering. Thanks for reminding me! I love that even as strangers we can reach out and touch one another across oceans and borders with caring. Blessings.
All the best!
”Paris is incredible, there’s no city like this in the world!”(Woody Allen) 🙂
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deeeeep sigh… yes… paris is awesome and def. always a good idea… sounds like a wonderful time there…i need to go see her again soon
Oh, in Sweden Casablanca is a classic Ingrid Bergman film, one of our great international actresses.
Two Swedish famous guys did swedish lyrics to As time goes by with an sense of humour, but also serious words. You can hear it here:
Hasse & Tage – Men Tiden Går with Monica Zetterlund
Lovely poem 🙂
What a treat! Thank you for sharing that. Who doesn’t love Ingrid Bergman? I’m forwarding the link to a few who I know will appreciate it. Thanks again Anna! 🙂
You’re welcome 🙂
I really loved it and know the others will as well. Merci beaucoup mon amie! 🙂
I can understand that. Many of us in Sweden love Hasse & Tage and Monica Zetterlund’s work. They did many songs together that is absolutely brilliant.
You have many National treasures. I also love to listen to Tommy Korberg.
He’s good. He has a summerhouse outside my town. He always have a concert or two in Trosa in the summers.
I found him online and was hooked the first time.
He sings our unofficial anthem Anthem from the musical Chess (Andersson / Ulvaeus / Rice). Many think that it should be our official national anthem. If you have not heard it, do it! The text can all relate to whatever nation they come from.
Thank you Anna. However, I’ve listened to him singing Anthem more times than I could count. 🙂 I’ve also forwarded the link for others to hear across the states.
I can understand that 🙂
Oh Lea this makes Paris fly to the top of my travel bucket list! Beautifully and seductively written, wonderful piece 🙂 xx
Ah, but it is Paris! 🙂 xx