Pearls.

@xFiacre (12614)
Ireland
January 28, 2024 4:15pm CST
It’s a long time since I’ve seen rain leak so heavily from the sky. Jacques Brel is bleeding mournfully out of the radio in the café and when his words combine with the rain dripping from my hair and with the thin morning light and the heavy smell of coffee grinds in the air, the resulting melancholy rises around me like steam. The rain bounces off the cars and empty pavement outside like Brel’s “perles de pluie”. It washes down the window I’m sitting beside, blurring and distorting my view of the street, maybe also my view of life, as the poet rhymes “Bonheur” with “Coeur”, “malentendu” with “le temps perdu”. I could cry. And in walks Annie, drenched, hair stuck to her cheeks and the warmest smile outlined by the reddest lipstick and turning each “perle de pluie” into another extravagant adjective. I’m no longer in Belfast as she smiles at the room and walks past me to the counter; I’m in Paris, café at the bottom of Rue Moufftard, and it’s still raining, the end of December, and she isn’t Annie she’s Maggi, but the lipstick is just as red. She’s wearing the big, creamy, ankle-length coat I bought her to cover up her bump and keep it warm. My heart swells. Now I’m definitely going to cry. I’ll go outside so that people, if they look at me, might mistake my tears for “perles de pluie”.
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@RasmaSandra (73241)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Jan
You took me back to one of my favorite Irish songs The Girl With the Black Velvet Band,
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@MALUSE (69416)
• Germany
28 Jan
Goodness! Nostalgia has you in her grips again.
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@MALUSE (69416)
• Germany
28 Jan
@xFiacre Can't you become a substitute for occasions when the preacher is ill or has other duties to fulfil?
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@xFiacre (12614)
• Ireland
28 Jan
@MALUSE I could, but I would really rather not - I have my pension to spend!
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@MALUSE (69416)
• Germany
29 Jan
@xFiacre I'm sure you'll learn how to spend your pension rather quickly. Don't be too careless, though, or you'll end under a bridge in Paris. :-(
@JudyEv (325420)
• Rockingham, Australia
1 Feb
Oh dear, please don't cry! That would never do.
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@LindaOHio (155666)
• United States
29 Jan
Nostalgia is all around you as you undertake the big move shortly. Have a good week.
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