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Innocence Abroad

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Innocence Abroad

Scarce a year it was before my birth,
that Lindy set The Spirit down
at Le Bourget one night
and all the old voitures
as suddenly lit up the runway
with their headlights. 
as he taxied to a stop.

Thirty years beyond, I landed there
from fair Bruxcelles and it was day;
the city of the light took rest
avant le gaiete of night—
there was no welcoming:
"Attencion Monsieur,
you are in zee way,"
and my attempt at French
brought only curious stare.

"Et je n'ai pas de plus argent
and little more to bear me home
to Orleans.  Je suis un etranger
dans ma cite des grandes lumieres, "
I thought, and sent my fond farewell
to Brussels and its wondrous minature
Etats Unis and Circarama
still unknown in fifty years back here.

Sacre Bleu!  C'est incroyable
that naked little boy in Belgium,
and the Champs above the catacombs
in Paris, now still flaunt their youth,
their vibrancy, as I advance
to that dim room somewhere
when irony prevails—where Lindy,
luckier than I, will share with me
the just equality of death.

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  1. Date: 11/27/2012 9:07:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your great work this morn..I am glad that I stopped by..Sara

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 11/27/2012 9:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Sara
  1. Date: 11/27/2012 8:38:00 AM
    Cultural differences in the language but yet the spirit behind Lindy's flight still exists for all of us travelers, well said, enjoyed reading your poem, Robert.

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 11/27/2012 8:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sheri, I can thank you twice...once for your evaluation of my ditty here, and another time for my own serendipitous discovery of your own beautiful writing, since I have already been to your page. There I shall certainly read much more (hungrily) as I found another fine poet who distances my own scribblings by virtue of her own. So thank you again, and I can only hope you too will read more of my sad efforts, thus enabling me to improve from your wisdom.
  1. Date: 11/27/2012 8:22:00 AM
    Here the macaronic element becomes an integral part of the poem. I hope the reader will be able to see why it was done this way.