Armand in his atelier


Le croix de Cathar



As the tiny rivers

Winding beneath

Papery thin skin

I watch as they have slowed

But remember their faster pace                                                    


Armand et Auguste


As the plastic cannula

From oxygen tank

To your nasal orifice 

Easing each breath

Your hands reach for me

Offering each cheek to be kissed


As the dancer

In the flames

As you welded and forged

Iron and steel into magnificent forms

Gates, railings but also art

A band of musicians

Prominent upon your mantel

My own, croix de Cathar

A gift like your friendship


Bleu shall forever

Be the colour of you

Increasingly fragile

As you reach out for Auguste

The great-grandson who shares

Your sparkle from cobalt eyes  




About Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.
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28 Responses to Bleu

  1. Grace says:

    I specially love this part:

    A gift like your friendship


    Bleu shall forever

    Be the colour of you

    A wonderful portrait and tribute to your family!

  2. Sue Anderson says:

    This is lovely and poignant. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Léa says:

      Well thank you so very much Sue! One of the blogs gave a challenge to write about blue, any shade of blue and this is where the mind went… Léa

  3. a friendship forged in such beautiful lines:- so marvellous, so sad

    As the dancer

    In the flames”

    • Léa says:

      Laura, such a dear man, a lovely family. His late wife was my first friend in the village. My first day here, I took some packaging out to the dumpster. She walked up behind me, took my arm and guided me around our village. I miss her smile, her laugh, gentle touch, kindness and once again those sparkling eyes. I wish she had been able to see her great-grandson. She would have been over the moon!
      Jeanne (Jeanette) shared with me that she too had lost a daughter in a most horrible accident. Having lost a daughter myself, we really bonded. Léa

  4. whimsygizmo says:

    Oh, Lea. What a lovely tribute. This spills beautifully. I love the way you’ve evoked emotion and imagery through the use of each shade of blue.

    • Léa says:

      Thank you so much. You are right, it just spilled out from my heart as he has his place carved indelibly as did his late wife and his granddaughter (mother of Auguste).

  5. What a lovely tribute to someone special to you.

  6. He looks like a gentle soul Lea and I love your tribute to him.

  7. Oh my–so very poignant and touching. I was a hospice nurse and your word-painting is so well represented.

  8. Waltermarks says:

    That’s a beautiful tribute. He would be quite pleased to receive such a compliment in verse. You have done well!

  9. A lovely tribute to friends that are like family.

  10. Polly says:

    So many shades of blue / bleu in your poem, and I agree, strange how we both managed to find colour in our poems on the same day 😀

    • Léa says:

      I hadn’t planned to even write anymore poetry when I stumbled onto a d’verse challenge and it was blue. Immediately, it just all spilled out thinking of Armand when I saw him a few days ago… As they say, the rest is history. 🙂

  11. lillian says:

    What a beautiful tribute! So glad you posted at dVerse so I could see.

    • Léa says:

      Lillian, I’m so glad you stopped by to let me know. That is the first time I’ve posted on d’Verse. Thank you! Léa

  12. Beckarooney says:

    That first stanza is just perfect! It grabbed me instantly. Captivating imagery throughout, with such feeling in those last three lines. Sensational writing Lea xx

    • Léa says:

      Becka, one again you are too kind. This neighbour (Armand) and his family are dear to me. His late wife was my first friend in the village. The day I moved in she grabbed my arm and gave me a tour of the village. ..

  13. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    A very touching poem.

    • Léa says:

      Thank you. I’m very fortunate to have this family as neighbours. I’ve thought of adding Bleu to my next collection of poetry.

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