Chat Noir

The last time I saw Paris, her heart was warm and gay, I heard the laughter of her heart in every street café. -Oscar Hammerstein II

When I ache to remember
that wonderful trip to Paris
I find my round music box
that plays my favorite song
~ La Vie en Rose ~ and so
I close my eyes, drift away
back to those magical days,
listening to the sweet music
this priceless little trinket plays.

Once more I am carried
back to all the sights and sounds
the yeasty scent of hot baguettes,
dancing in the aromatic air
the plump chickens roasting
dripping their rich buttery fats
onto petite potatoes with rosemary
swimming in the seasoned pan.

The sensual luscious red wine,
the pungent creamy brie, and
the romantic afternoon we dined
sitting by the romantic Seine
there was only you and I
under a brilliant sunset gilded sky
we watched the bateaux drifting by
and with hearts longing for each other
we fell into forever love once again.

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

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42 Comments on “Chat Noir

  1. Paris is a wonderful tonic for romance. Linda, your lovely piece just gave me another nudge to be in Paris once more. We’ve been quite a few times but I’m thinking 2014 may have been our last although we were in France in 2016. We’ll see, search my blogs for Paris, perhaps we may see you there. We may do a trans-Atlantic this fall.

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  2. What a beautiful reflection and recollection. Ah yes, Paris, no place like that beautiful city. The bread and the cheese, the ambience, and the wonderful wine. The perfect city for love to grow, as your poem so aptly expressed!

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  3. I think I’m in love with the food – forget the man 🙂 The song was, of course, made popular again by Lady Gaga in the new “Star is Born” movie. Loved the glamorous images but – wow – those eyebrows – let’s hope we never go that route again.

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  4. Wow!! This makes me want to drop everything and go to Paris immediately. Also, I’ve never seen a music box in that style, it is precious!

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  5. Nice. Made me reminisce about my visits to Paris. Mine were not romantic, but fun. I love your poem and thank you for the music. It’s one of my favorites too.

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  6. A sensuous, delicious treat. Thank you so much for this wonderful journey and for starting my day of with Edith Piaf!

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  7. Love this. Your words definitely pulled me into a Parisian mood. Always nice to be reminded of my love for that amazing city. The music box is so cool. I want it 🙂

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