The demise of uncle Ludivico.

@xFiacre (10382)
Ireland
August 28, 2016 4:51pm CST
Every morning in summer Jacques liked to sit at a little wrought iron table painted white for a late breakfast in the walled garden beside his house. He lived far enough away from Marseille not to be bothered by its noise and bustle, but close enough to attract the attention of visitors and journalists who he courted but refused to see when they turned up. Marie always brought a pot of coffee and some pastries each morning when she heard him open the gate, and Jacques liked not to have to speak until he had read the newspaper that a boy brought from the village well before the aging man was awake.  The table was positioned out of the sun and any breeze that might trouble the poet; he had become a bit precious in his wealth and old age and had to have things just as he wanted them. He had purposely set the little table at a slight angle on unlevel ground because Jacques liked only his verse to be perfectly positioned and out of sequence with a chaotic world. It was while seated at that table, the newspaper open and a pastry half eaten, that Marie found him dead one morning last May.
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@Platespinner (18072)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
28 Aug 16
There are worse ways to go.
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@xFiacre (10382)
• Ireland
28 Aug 16
@platespinner I do so agree.
@jaboUK (50127)
• United Kingdom
28 Aug 16
Was he really your uncle? Is the photo yours? It is a lovely photo but I'd like you to explain whether it's a public domain picture so that I don't waste my breath congratulating you on it Your words paint a great scene as usual.
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@xFiacre (10382)
• Ireland
28 Aug 16
@jabouk In my haste I forgot to dissociate myself from the picture. The words however are all mine, that is to say they are all in the common domain but I put them in the order in which they do here appear. Alas he is not my real uncle but is related to me only through the imagination. The product of a tired and distracted mind.
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@jaboUK (50127)
• United Kingdom
28 Aug 16
@xFiacre Thank you - it's one of my pet peeves when people don't explain the pics.
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@pgntwo (21464)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
29 Aug 16
@jaboUK Picture perfect, or picture prefect?
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@Inlemay (17333)
• South Africa
29 Aug 16
what a wonderful way to go - I have a spot in the garden just like that, maybe I'll be as lucky one day
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@pgntwo (21464)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
28 Aug 16
A creature of habit!
• New Delhi, India
28 Aug 16
Wow what a beautiful location in the pic, which place?