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When in France


The wet wind blew
As I feared it would,
A black cat followed us
Down to the sea.

The black cat snuggled
between our legs
Then hissed
at you and me.

Later, on the train, jambon snuggled next to la beurre.

The yellow vests marched
As I thought they might
The red vests followed
Like day after night –

But no one knows what the red vests suggest
or mean. 

The trees awaken 
In purple and white

And Spring arrives
As I thought it might

Despite the warriors of stone – and the long since dead. 

Despite black skies –
Torrential rain –

Despite the pain of saints –

And holy mothers fair –
Who reign?

Flowers on trees
Dream softly, would –
Ascend to heaven
if they could –

Instead of falling to earth.

Flowers, granite, graves, rain –
A cat, the saints, the pain, the rood –

If asked by a friend to visit France  –
you should, in Spring,

in Spring,

you should.




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Photos from Paris, Mont St. Michel, Rennes, St. Malo, and St. Suliac.

Mary Puryear and Ella Steinhilber – your lovely friendship is – evergreen.


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From the American cemetery near Rennes (4000 + interred)…


  1. Glorious. And I can’t emphasize this enough – Mavis has not stopped talking about the cat. 🙂

  2. Lovely post Jennifer!

  3. Wow (in French)

  4. Magnifique!

  5. simply beautiful, JP! so glad you went…

  6. This is special..what a wonderful time.

  7. Love this post – or rather poem!!

  8. Beautiful photos – it’s definitely almost spring in Paris! What a special time with your daughter.

  9. So beautiful, Jennifer!

  10. Oh Jennifer, so lovely! We are going to Paris in April and would love to have coffee about what we should not miss. Your light touch with poetry is like an impressionist painting–and so inspiring and timely for us. Wish I could be in your brain, but I will settle for sharing your eyes and vision–the photos are breathtaking! Love your work.

    • Dear Beth – Your kind words mean so much to me. Truly, you are such an encouragement to me. And yes let’s please get together for coffee soon and talk Paris!! I’m glad you’re going soon!! xoxo

  11. Beautiful!

  12. What nice photos Jennyfer and texts. Congrats.
    You will be always welcome to Brittany and why not to Normandy too… It was a pleasure to meet you and Marie too.

  13. Love everything about this – words and photos; the memories it brings back. So beautiful!

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