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MY HEART BELONGS TO MONTREAL: A CONSTANZA

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MY HEART BELONGS TO MONTREAL: A CONSTANZA


Those flagstone streets by seasoned walls
        have charmed the scornful, many fold,
        for fervor thrives in broils retold.

Where tourists gape for sites enthrall
       There, locals meet, famille* and friend 
       There, city sounds let the ear bend
        
like lovers clashing, timeless squalls,
        the pulse in steel pouts and beguiles 
        while metro cars just clang for miles.

In bistros filled with carefree Gauls,
        cheap wine refills each empty glass
        tonight's for sin, Sunday's for mass.
 
Though distant now that city sprawl,
        I hear its voice, a trill of French,
        a pull of notes. How echoes wrench.

My heart belongs to Montreal
        and nightly I'll ever sashay
        down the sidewalks of Laurier*.   





Those flagstone streets by seasoned walls
where tourists gape for sites enthrall
like lovers clashing, timeless squalls,
in bistros filled with carefree Gauls.

Though distant now that city sprawl,
my heart belongs to Montreal.




*Written Jan 14. 2014
**Famille is the French word for family and Laurier is one of the busiest streets in the city, pronounced Lore-ee-ay. 


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  1. Date: 2/10/2014 11:30:00 AM
    Cyndi, Magically done and truly captures the feel of Montreal--truly a city with its own personality like its sister city Quebec City which I also love (the "old" town) I love how you capture the feel with this simply told yet complex mix of character. Kudos

  1. Date: 2/9/2014 11:12:00 PM
    Though my last visit there was in mid-winter, I was again beguiled by your wondrous town. I salute your tribute to it. Hope I can visit again someday.

  1. Date: 1/19/2014 11:17:00 AM
    I was only there once for less than a day, but I could see it was quite a charming city. Your work describes la ville de Montreal tres bien.

  1. Date: 1/15/2014 10:13:00 AM
    A mountain stream couldn't be any smoother than that. Enjoyed this look into your city...I'd love to see it. I've been to Canada a couple of times, but never Montreal.

  1. Date: 1/15/2014 7:43:00 AM
    I wanted the dum DA beat of pentameter, despite this being a poem about Mont/re/AL. I'm aware of the two lines where the meter changes. Also, I wanted to have a urban feel, a twisting together of very old and very hip --- which IS MONTREAL, at its core. So the frequent use of commas, the enjambment, even the effect of line 6, the end of stanza 2, carrying forward into line 7 the beginning of stanza 3, is all with intention. I did not want to cover it with too much... patina ;)