Legend has it that he finally fell on his own sword

that the baffling tyranny of paralyzed ruminations

finally did for the man who once had the whole shebang


To have known then lost the Midas touch

is an accursed thing for ravenous the urge

to retrace tracks; to turn back time and repair

haunts for evermore the recesses of the mind


She had once told him that a backward glance

has rewards in reminiscence but never in regret

yet those words went unheeded on the frosty one

who pawned Saville Row for the dullard cloak of ignominy


Inevitably the lapse of time heralds a day

when love itself takes leave of absence

when loyalty becomes a crestfallen immigrant

She hung in though ever trying to chart safe passage

beyond the skyline toward pastures new

to a place where all would be well once more

In doing so she overlooked that those contaminated

spread the virus of bemusing breakdown on contact


When I met with her at a café in Aix-en-Provence

an infant at her breast, a latte in her free hand

she was at pains to explain she had done all

she could to cure his malaise; that in the end

he had made a full recovery and that insofar

as she knew he was now ‘safe’ from it all

Of course, I gingerly quizzed her

as to what exactly ‘safe’ meant

That she would not expand upon the point

told me everything and nothing

I bid Mary and her boy child a

fond farewell feeling sure a lofty fable

would one day come to pass


Bereft of new words, another rave from the grave.

Edith Piaf’s ‘Mon coeur est au coin d’une rue’ translates as ‘My heart is at the corner of a street’


28 thoughts on “A FOND FAREWELL

      1. Well spotted both LuAnne and Marissa. You have both unravelled the tale. The clue was Aix-en-Provence. Of all the characters you find in Biblical text, the legends of just two fascinate me. Ms Magdalene and Eve. This piece is my take on the former.

  1. My favorite line: “when loyalty becomes a crestfallen immigrant.” Such a visual, and it comes with a concrete feeling that sucker-punches the reader.
    I knew you were back. 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxx

    1. Cheers, Ms Lee. This one is themed upon the ‘perhaps’ life of Ms Magdalene as it happens. As strong characters within Biblical text go, she is the one who fascinates me the most (Eve also). The Gnostic Gospel of Philip says much of Mary.

  2. A beautiful presentation, image, poem and song.
    I adore Mary’s words of wisdom,

    “She had once told him that a backward glance
    has rewards in reminiscence but never in regret”

    Brilliant lines, wonderful story in verse and paired with ‘Mon coeur est au coin d’une rue’ is perfect. Have a good week ahead. ~ Mia

    1. My thanks, Mia. It seems you too have cracked the code of my take on Ms Magdalene. I must be giving away too many clues in my dotage. Was Aix-en-Provence too obvious? Never mind, it matters not a jot. I am most pleased you enjoyed this piece, and enjoy your week ahead.

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