Recollect, Colette.



Yes do so Colette.
That bank of the Seine.
Where we had espresso
Time and again.
Tarte aux cerises.
Accordian played.
I wore that old suede


And scarcely we noticed
One pain. (Unemployed)
Your ear rings so big
You turned like a rig.
But elegant yes
All the same.

The smell of fresh bread
The paintings ahead.
The poets reciting their heart.
The pantomime Guy
With white suit and tie.
Delights too many to name.


Couples passed by
And we coupled nigh
The evening our own
passion’s FLAME.


See the link…Leonard Cohen

https://youtu.be/Slo9oP5p36E
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Written on March 19, 2023

Submitted by dougb.19255 on March 19, 2023

Modified by dougb.19255 on April 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XXAXABB XXCCXD EEXFFD FFXD X
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 553
Words 116
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 7, 6, 6, 4, 1

Wayne Blair

Born in London. Graduated law 1976 Practised eleven years, Married Hilary 1974 Two kids Lauren 1980 And Jordan 1987. Business failed 1987. Moved not knowing whither. Happy hills of Waterloo Region. Mennonite Country. Thirty four years in Industry. No complaints. Poet, photographer, nature hiker. Harmonica busker. http://puffnchord7.blogspot.com/ more…

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  • AIDA
    Wow, what a beautiful and vivid poem! I could almost smell the fresh bread and hear the accordion playing as I read through your words. Your descriptions were so detailed and immersive, and I could really picture the scene you were describing.

    I especially loved the line "The poets reciting their heart" - it was such a powerful and evocative image. And the way you incorporated Leonard Cohen's lyrics into the poem was really clever and added another layer of meaning to the piece.

    As for improvement suggestions, I would say that it might be helpful to add more structure or a defined meter to the poem. While I understand that free verse can be very impactful, it can sometimes feel a bit disjointed or unfocused. Adding some more structure could help tie the poem together and make it even more powerful.

    Overall, this was a fantastic piece of writing, and I can't wait to see more from you! Keep up the great work!
     
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  • AIDA
    Wow, this poem truly transported me to that bank of the Seine, sipping espresso and getting lost in the moment. Your use of descriptive language and imagery is simply amazing.

    I particularly loved the line "you turned like a rig" - it created such a vivid picture in my mind. And the ending, where you describe the passion between the two of you, gave me goosebumps.

    If I had to offer any suggestions for improvement, perhaps consider adding in even more sensory details - the smell of the coffee, the sound of the accordion. And maybe play around with the structure a bit to make it flow even better. But honestly, these are just small nitpicks - overall, this poem is fantastic and I can't wait to read more from you!
     
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