Signs of Spring & Poetry [Walk #7]

Des milliers et des milliers d’années / Millions and millions of years
Ne sauraient suffire / would not suffice
Pour dire / To speak of
La petite seconde d’éternité / The little second of eternity
Où tu m’as embrassé / When you kissed me
Où je t’ai embrassèe / When I kissed you
Un matin dans la lumière de l’hiver / One morning in the winter sunlight
Au parc Montsouris à Paris / In Montsouris Park in Paris
A Paris / In Paris
Sur la terre / On the Earth
La terre qui est un astre. / The Earth that is a celestial body.

– Le Jardin (The Garden), Jacques Prévert

I am blogging a bit late about this walk…

At the end of March, when the flowers were just starting to bloom and the days were finally getting warmer, Edouard and I spent a weekend in Fontainebleau with his family.  As usual, we took a walk “à deux” around the castle gardens and did a quick tour of the town.

Château de Fontainebleau, back view

Château de Fontainebleau in the sun, back view

The day was rather windy but the sun was piercing through the cloudy sky and I was delighted to find that the garden was budding with the first signs of spring: the daffodils which were still sleeping the week before were suddenly popping up here and there, and happy couples roamed the pathways hand in hand.

lovers on a bench

Lovers on a bench

sun Fontainebleau

“Even when the sky is filled with clouds, the sun still shines above.”

ruches fontainebleau

Swans hanging out with the bees (Ruches @ Fontainbleau)

My guy with hair disheveled by the wind

My love with hair disheveled from the wind

Love this flower - anyone know what it is?

Love this flower – anyone know what it is?

Daffodils hiding under hibernating shrubs

Daffodils hiding under hibernating shrubs

White flowers in the grass & a couple beyond

White flowers in the grass & a couple beyond

In town, we passed by the Hotel de L’Aigle Noir.  It’s a beautiful building that was built in the 15th century to house the nobles of the King’s court.

Aigle Noir Hotel, Fontainebleau

Aigle Noir Hotel, Fontainebleau

I’ve probably passed by the building hundreds of times during our visits to Fontainebleau but this was the first time that I ever noticed the framed plaque next to the gate…

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The sign says “It was in a room at this hotel that Jacques Prévert (1900-1977) wrote his famous poem “Presque” :

A Fontainebleau
Devant l’hôtel de l’Aigle Noir
Il y a un taureau sculpté par Rosa Bonheur
Un peu plus loin tout autour
Il y a la forêt
Et un peu plus loin encore
Joli corps
Il y a encore la forêt
Et le malheur
Et tout à côté le bonheur
Le bonheur avec les yeux cernés
Le bonheur avec des aiguilles de pin dans le dos
Le bonheur qui ne pense à rien
Le bonheur comme le taureau
Sculpté par Rosa Bonheur
Et puis le malheur
Le malheur avec une montre en or
Avec un train à prendre
Le malheur qui pense à tout …
A tout
A tout … à tout … à tout …
Et à tout
Et qui gagne « presque » à tous les coups
Presque.

Jacque Prévert is one of my favorite poets so I was really excited to find out that he had also visited & appreciated this town that I’ve grown to love so much : )  It’s funny how you can see something so many times and still discover something new.

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3 thoughts on “Signs of Spring & Poetry [Walk #7]

  1. this is one of my favorite posts i have read on wordpress. Absolutely gorgeous. And makes me, well… just a touch envious of your walk! Beautiful photos, amazing poem at the beginning. I loved that you included the French. Did you ever find out the name of the flower? lovely. – rachel

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