When We Have Only Love

Thanksgiving full moon over the Seine

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Time-lapse Thanksgiving this year… festive evening Thursday with 20 other guests on the Île Saint Louis  at Wendy Rohm’s, a moment of silence for those who are no longer with us,  then duck in orange sauce, turkey and all the trimmings… Tomorrow afternoon,  Sunday, intimate Thanksgiving dinner for family and a few close neighbors…

Additional highlight this week: memorial for the attack victims. President Hollande asked for French flags at the windows. Flag-averse Parisians responded with improvised bleu blanc rouge towels, bras, furniture, and yes, even some real tricolores.

Most moving picture: one of Jacques Brel’s most beautiful songs, Quand on a que l’amour interpreted by three young women, a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim, in the courtyard of the Invalides. Here’s a translation of the lyrics, no rhymes, just the meaning (feel free to make suggestions):

“When we have only love, to offer each other, for the great journey, what good is true love?

When we have only love, my love you and I, to make every hour and day shine with joy…

When we have only love, to live our promises, with no other riches than believing forever…

When we have only love, to furnish with marvels and cover with sun the ugliness beyond the walls…

When we have only love, our only reason, our only song, our only haven…

When we have only love, each morning to dress beggars and bandits in velvet coats…

When we have only love, to offer in prayer for the pain of the earth, as a simple troubadour…

When we have only love, for the ones who fight only to find the light…

When we have only love, to make a path, to defy fate at every crossing…

When we have only love, to answer canons, and only a song to persuade war drums…

Then, with nothing else but the strength of our love, we will carry the world in our hands…”

 

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