Sunday in Montparnasse

Sunday in Montparnasse

A gentle Sunday stroll along
the Boulevard Montparnasse

stopping for coffee in La Coupole
before cutting across into

the Jardin du Luxembourg
where we sat for a while and

watched the families passing by
the sound of children’s laughter

and of the gravel under their feet
Life was so simple that day

and love too— or so it seemed
when the sun shone on us

John Lyons

Perhaps Paris

Perhaps Paris

Poetry that is
           light on the ear
and on the mind
           of swift foot
full of sunshine
           and love :
it happens sometimes
           but it can’t be forced

Perhaps this spring
           we will go to Paris
walk hand in hand
           along the banks of the Seine
or take an afternoon stroll
           in the Jardin du Luxembourg
and at night in the anonymity
           of the hotel room
your soft skin will beckon to mine
           and we will get closer
than we have ever been
           and it will last forever

John Lyons