we are safe to
tell our story here.
(for a week spent floating in Paris,
she has structure,
tough as any skyscraper
though no building here
is more than a few stories.
she has lore.
she has a spirit
thousand of years in the making,
has a romance older than anyone’s memory,
anyone’s happy, lifelong marriage.
she has courage – our word that comes
from “coeur”, from heart.
she has dozens of parts,
arrondisements that speak to one another,
making something like a whole.
she has words
our complete trust.
~ Allan Andre
There’s a young man who sits in Union Square with a typewriter and a sign: “Poetry Upon Request”. His method is this - give him a word, a feeling, a story, and in a few minutes, he will write you a poem. I came to him a few months ago and gave him a word…the word was Paris.