Monday, August 1, 2011

Wonderous Courtyard~ Missing Paris Day

I love finding these old cobblestone courtyards in Paris,
wondering how long the moss has been growing here
and just how many well-dressed footsteps have traversed over how many centuries.

They leave me wondering how many artists
 have endeavored their craft behind these walls and windows,
laboring and rejoicing over their work,
stirring the creative melting pot to see what words, what colors,
what stone features arise to the surface and beg to be let loose in the world.

Paris inspires creativity
though I find I can barely write while I'm there,
too many courtyards like this one calling,
too many sights, Parisian street sounds and smells working on my senses 
to do anything but absorb them. 

These courtyards leave me wondering
 about the gardener or concierge who tends to them,
watering new buds or plucking old, bruised and wilted flowers,
scrubbing walkways and polishing sills,
wishing their neighbors 'Bonjour' or 'Bonne Nuit'.

They also leave me wondering 
 how many ways a photo can be sweetly 
posed and framed into slightly new incarnations. 

A lovely new week to you!
And hoping your creativity can find some fresh, new colors 
through which to see it. 

(Photography copyright: Kirsten Steen)


  1. Hello there,

    I just found your lovely blog through Castles, Crowns and Cottages. Absolutely beautiful work. Thank you for taking me back to one of my favorite places in the world...
    I look forward to savoring past posts as well as future ones, bien sur!
    Gorgeous music playlist as well...

    Bonne Journee!

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  3. Ooooh! I see my wonderful friend up top there!!! HELLO DEAREST!!!

    Kirten darling, all I ever wanted in this house was a courtyard, and we are finally getting takes time, but to have the solice, well-worn paved ways and climbing vines takes years of hard work and reflection...what a gorgeous post. AND HAVE FUN AT YOUR 30th reunion!!!! BISES! Anita

  4. I really do love good moss. Love it! And here I am, enjoying all your mossy pictures. I've been a blogging slacker lately. Jeffrey and Sloane were gone for two weeks and I spent that time revelling in being alone, house projects, and silence. Now we are am on a looooong road trip. We're in Arizona now and I have a bit of time on the computer - finally! I was having withdrawls from being away from my blogger buddies so long, I tell you. I hope your summer gets better and better as it wears on. Love to you and yours.


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