Not afraid. Liberty will always win!


Eugène Delacroix‘s iconic painting, ‘Liberty Leading The People’ (1830). As you can notice, even at that time, this woman felt free of not wearing a bra!


A beautiful picture taken on Sunday 01/11 at place de la République.


Sorry not to feel like writing about French style and dressing. We will go back to it very soon.

Right now, to express my present feelings about what’s going on here in France and in every places where terrorism striking, I couldn’t find better words:

On my notebooks from school

On my desk and the trees

On the sand on the snow

I write your name


On every page read

On all the white sheets

Stone blood paper or ash

I write your name


On the golden images

On the soldier’s weapons

On the crowns of kings

I write your name


On the jungle the desert

The nests and the bushes

On the echo of childhood

I write your name


On the wonder of nights

On the white bread of days

On the seasons engaged

I write your name


On all my blue rags

On the pond mildewed sun

On the lake living moon

I write your name


On the fields the horizon

The wings of the birds

On the windmill of shadows

I write your name


On each breath of the dawn

On the ships on the sea

On the mountain demented

I write your name


On the foam of the clouds

On the sweat of the storm

On dark insipid rain

I write your name


On the glittering forms

On the bells of colour

On physical truth

I write your name


On the wakened paths

On the opened ways

On the scattered places

I write your name


On the lamp that gives light

On the lamp that is drowned

On my house reunited

I write your name


On the bisected fruit

Of my mirror and room

On my bed’s empty shell

I write your name


On my dog greedy tender

On his listening ears

On his awkward paws

I write your name


On the sill of my door

On familiar things

On the fire’s sacred stream

I write your name


On all flesh that’s in tune

On the brows of my friends

On each hand that extends

I write your name


On the glass of surprises

On lips that attend

High over the silence

I write your name


On my ravaged refuges

On my fallen lighthouses

On the walls of my boredom

I write your name


On passionless absence

On naked solitude

On the marches of death

I write your name


On health that’s regained

On danger that’s past

On hope without memories

I write your name


By the power of the word

I regain my life

I was born to know you

And to name you



(Paul Eluard, French poet- 1895/1952)

“Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” : that’s our motto, That’s what we will always fight for!

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7 commentaires

  1. My heart broke over and over as I read M. Elaurd’s soulful poem — and my heart soared as well over the dignity, integrity & determination of the intrepid French spirit. You shall never be conquered again! I know the wise and fearless General De Gaulle still watches over his beloved France and strengthens everyone for whatever must be done to save her.

    Nous sommes tous Charlie!

    Thank you so very; very much, Cécile. How can one receive a copy of this extraordinary poem? Do you know, please?

    • Thank you! I received a lot of messages via e-mail and comments. This is really heartwarming. I want to thank you all for your spontaneous support and sympathy. We all share the same strong values. That’s why we’ll finally win!
      PS: to Solange, I’ve seen you finally found the poem. For anyone who would like to have it, here is it

  2. We are so sorry about the terrible events taking place in your beautiful city. Our thoughts are with you.

  3. Merci beaucoup pour sharing. Je suis désolé pour what France has had to endure with this recent terrorist attack. I’m happy the diverse people of France, for which the country is made of, are for the most part uniting. #JeSuisCharlie

  4. So sorry for you and all people in France that are going thru such a horrible times. Everyone there is in my thoughts :(

  5. Apologies for the late reply, Cecile – I have been ill. But I hope it is not too late to send heartfelt condolences to all who have suffered so grievously in France as a result of this appalling outrage. But the French people responded magnificently in the following days by their positive attitude in the face of the attacks – demonstrating resolutely what they – and we – are for: freedom of thought and expression under the rule of law.

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