and in the shop…
“The Alfred Jewels”
“Saxons in the Garden”
“Entre-Deux – Two Francophiles in Alaigne”
joint collection – “P r e s e n c e s”
pamphlet – “Airing Cupboard”
biography – “Achille Laugé”
Under a savage Midi sun,
in these winds: the Cers, the Autan,
and the dreaded Tramontane,
where honey-scented broom and pale-pink
almonds line the narrow roads of the Aude,
he made all this his own,
a legacy of the seasons.
Up with the lark and out of doors
to capture the sights of the south.
He knew the frisson of expectancy
of this special light that makes
everything glow, when all seems possible,
meadows glinting gold
under a cerulean sky.
Brushing borders of yellow broom
his roulotte atelier would rumble
by fields stacked high with hay
to-ing and fro-ing from l’Alouette
home of his family, his art.
The house stands here still, holding
its breath, awaiting his return.