Helichrysum smell


Photo by JB, 2018

I was twenty, oh God! Is it possible?
And I ran light across the Alps mountains
yet today a stone challenges my pride
and my feet and my mind shudder both

In the air Helichrysum and my
memories mix with rue that I sense
without see. I seek you there, below
I call you and I’m back: you are my wish

On the hill, in the scrub that wraps up
this limestone rock I go chasing times
by now lost, far away, looking for
resting boys at sunset, singing happy

Cobblestone white and flat make a path
as wide as the life history of saints[1]
who went through this Désert[2].
At the end of the world[3] we revive

Château du Verdun, April, 4th 2018

[1] Above all St. Guilhem  (William), grandson of Charles Martel, famous Christian knight and cousin of the emperor Charlemagne. He is the hero of the Chanson de Guillaume.

[2] The Château du Verdun, or Giant Castle, is located near Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert.

[3] The very impressive Cirque de l’Infernet, known as located “au bout du monde“.

Italian version

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3 comments on “Helichrysum smell

  1. Sharrow says:

    Wow! Nice picture and sweet words and you were there…
    I proud of you, Judy!
    xoxo

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    • judybarton says:

      You are so kind with me, and so much dear, my dear and unforgettable sweet Sharrow!
      there are many legends about this castle and these wonderful places; according to one of them, the castle was the home of a giant (perhaps Saxon, perhaps Saracen, perhaps Visigoth… he loved a magpie … I thought that maybe you knew her in one of your many lives …

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