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La France Profonde

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Behind the crouching silence,

All human life is there.

The règlement de comptes,

The murderous affair.


The husband’s racked with jealousy,

The lover’s gripped by fear,

The old men play their dominos,

Now tragedy is near.


The policemen bow their heads

And lift the bodies up;

The wife flicks back her hair

And sips her coffee cup.


The lights blaze in the café,

The winter sky is dark;

She smiles into the mirror

At this day’s little lark.


◄ Last Man Standing

Hirohito ►


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Stephen Gospage

Tue 10th Jan 2023 16:11

Thank you, John. I appreciate your comments. I was inspired by the films of Claude Chabrol. Although 'Le Beau Serge', featured in the photo, doesn't follow this plot, it gives a terrifying portait of French village life.

Thanks to Nigel, Frederick, Stephen, Jordyn, Holden, Reggie's Ghost, Rudyard Patricia and Stef for your support.

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John Botterill

Mon 9th Jan 2023 21:33

Beautifully expressed. subtle and ingenious, Stephen.

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