Paying Respects to Lafayette © Chant Wagner
I noticed this small family
coming to pay their respects to General Lafayette
In a corner of Paris, which I love, oh so much...
A tee-shirt, the color of forget-me-nots
A deep blue gate
Then the colors aligned
And unwittingly, they composed the colors of the French and American flags, in succession
like pieces of a movable puzzle
and yet they were restful like a prayer
They carried that meaning that you can always carry with you wherever you travel,
be it forgotten in your mind
or showing fugaciously when encountering others,
on an ordinary day,
like so many in your life
The colors were saying silently
the words General Pershing uttered with great gusto across centuries in deep, unquenchable gratitude
With American but also new-world energy,
he cut straight to the chase
Lafayette, nous voilà ! / Lafayette, here we are!
And they all remembered what he had said that day
And indeed, they were there
Hope you had a lovely Fourth of July, wherever you might be in the World!!!