Poetry at the Post: All Things French

French Grocer Marathon, Texas April 2015
French Grocer
Marathon, Texas
April 2015

NaPoWriMo Day 27: Write a hay(na)ku—which as I learned to day is a variant of the haiku. The formula for a hay(na)ku is simple: 3 lines arranged in ascending word order—1 word, 2 words, 3 words—or you can reverse it as I’ve done below.

All Things French by Alice-Catherine Jennings

Chanel No 5*
chic, fine
French

black fruit bouquet
Bordeaux wine
French

a lover’s kiss
his tongue
French

tall upright frame
angular blade
French

charming stone cottage
Chez Alice
French 

*Stopping by The French Grocer in Marathon, TX (pop 430) on my way to Big Bend National Park caused ” a dream crash” last  night. Well, it wasn’t entirely The French Grocer’s fault. There was also a power outage at BBNP so the lodge restaurant was offering its “Power Outage” menu to a full-to-capacity park. What’s on a “Power Outage” menu? Not much. It’s limited to a few cold items and whatever they can throw on the charcoal grill out back.Yet, Gracias a Dios for the effort

I sank into bed after “not much food” and a glass of wine—not French…and soon I was in Vienna with Coco Chanel at a Chinese restaurant that ran out of food…well, not for everyone… just me. I was complaning to the manager and then Sisi, the last Empress of Austria, walked by…not true, the last part that is…and maybe I wasn’t even with Coco Chanel but with somebody else…perhaps my daughter…. I think I was wearing Chanel No. 5 but then again maybe I was only smelling the insect repellent I had put on my wrists to keep the gnats away…yet I WAS in Vienna and a woman walked by…or did she? Then today I ran across this short film, Reincarnation.  Did Karl Lagerfeld raid my dream before it had even been dreamt?

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