A sunny wandering April drive
Mapless through the French countryside.
Rolling fields of bright brilliant yellow rapeseed and
Whispering-sweet Spring-scented blossoms fill our senses.
We crawl through narrow ways
Ancient clusters of moss-covered buildings
Cobblestone streets lined with gnarled greening trees
Which in their youth doubtless welcomed triumphant GIs
Along their liberation march towards Paris to the south
A small sign atop a door, a quick park,
A slow entry to a small shop
Blossom-scent replaced by warm butter
And bread and sugar and enveloping comfort
Bonjours and pantomimes guide us
In this patisserie of heavenly delights
We lean quietly against the car
Faces turned to the warm French sun
Hot, bitter, espresso in one hand
Warm, flakey, croissant in the other
Crumbs breaking off for the small darting birds
A destination reached A
We hadn’t known existed
When the day’s journey began.
TONY IOVINO is the founder and host of the acclaimed Summer Gazebo Reading series in Oceanside, NY. He is the author of “Notary Public Enemy” (Diversion Press, 2011) and numerous poems and essays.