Who sang La Mer? Charles Trenet sang La Mer. This is what you asked.

Who sang La Mer? Charles Trenet sang La Mer. This is what you asked.

A Story by Ken Simm.
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A Continental Confounded letter

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Who sang La Mer? Charles Trenet sang La Mer. This is what you asked.


 


 

Your name was long for Harry. Which was what I called you. The older woman. Thirty five you were, and your name was Women in Love. Hermione. You loved your Pavane in black skirt and head scarf

Crows that cawed over the impossible yellow fields of the South. Just as he said when he painted his insanity. Wine drunk rainbow headaches in the sunshine of the marsh of the flamingoes and the bulls. We argued insanity consistently, giving and taking talking grey, galling, grief. Wondering when it would end. A painted clay pipe for the drudgery of every night drugging and driving the old car through the crucifix shrines of littered and melted offerings tied to the belief of Gauguin paintings. The sharp straight up sunlight giving the lie to whatever was enjoyed, together and individually righteous. The bright red poppy flower by the side of the road.

Druid mistletoe in the trees by the river in the west. The voices raised in the chorus chorale of a whitewashed shafted sun  burned out cathedral. Asking in the cafe square for a pen to say goodbye. She was older enough. I was younger enough then, but only just. Being less than a man because of no military service, they told me.

The barge trips with a bike, asleep on wet grey green tarpaulin valleys, chugging past vineyard and oak aged château hills. Bridges, Breton exploded in temper. Groucho, Harpo & Chico in Italian with French subtitles in the cabin at the back. A poster of the president election on every lamp. The song of the ill loved man.

Talking you scared, down the steep grey green hill. Watching you and your daughter in the slip sliding mud all of Leonardo graves. Asking for another pen this time to draw the Languedoc hill that was burning martyr safe. She was a Mother and I was someone else's son. The start of the drawing in pen instead of HB pencil. Missing a visually exciting scene whilst listening to a very stirring sabre dance.

Saxophone playing, somewhere. You like sax, don't, did, didn't you?

The aforementioned Gypsy's with their black bread and potatoes.

Camus reading camera and crawling for Roman artefacts in the sandbanks on the river, when you left after writing the arguments down because I could not find the collapsible courage.

Starving in the capital then for four drawing days before killing myself with an apple for dinner. Drawing and writing everything so I could burn them later and watch the little black books crisp and curly in blue and green. Before I came home with my bike and whiskey fountain to find, my mother, a year later. I had not been missed.


© 2009 Ken Simm.



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Here we have the man who sees and feels the itsy grains of life, its moods and shadows, comings and goings, was and is, of time with 'the older woman'. How i love the way you observe that other within a love absolute tho transient:

' Crows that cawed over the impossible yellow fields of the South. Just as he said when he painted his insanity. Wine drunk rainbow headaches in the sunshine of the marsh of the flamingoes and the bulls. We argued insanity consistently, giving and taking talking grey, galling, grief. Wondering when it would end. '

You extend without over-exaggering, share without giving away the real secrets, but oh my goodness how you share!

' Saxophone playing, somewhere. You like sax, don't, did, didn't you?

The aforementioned Gypsy's with their black bread and potatoes.

Camus reading camera and crawling for Roman artefacts in the sandbanks on the river, when you left after writing the arguments down because I could not find the collapsible courage.'

Even though i feel like a voyeuse, I fully appreciate the wonderfully atmospheric near reportage of a time when .. when you were another you and happy. Can't imagine you unmissed, friend from ..

Thank you for nudging me to read.

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.




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This is a beautiful word picture that you paint of all the intricancies of this relationship. There are times when it feels like an information dump though and that is perhaps because you sometimes stay too much outside of things and write from an obversational pov. What was the touch of her hand like? What color were her eyes? You remember everything else so vividly, why not these elemental things also? It is beautifully written, but I never got a sense of passion from this unless you're talking about a purely intellectual relationship. Great work as always Ken and it's always a pleasure to read you.

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

say it's you, and some distant her...you couldn't be who your are without this canvas...it taught you to see "impossible yellow fields"...you don't get to be a poet without some dues...

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 2 people found this review constructive.

There is intimacy here in the recollection. Warm and inviting. An almost ethereal feel to it. Intimate and warm in the beginning. Almost woeful. The ending leaves a sense of forbearing finality. I so enjoy these counfounded letters.

Posted 8 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.


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