Uzès – Juste un aperçu

July 17, 2015

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Just a few fleeting glimpses of up above . . . ‘a glimpse is much harder to pin down’ Howard Hodgkin.

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And, down on the ground, from a few hours in Uzès. Basalt setts inlaid in the stone to give subtle definition – a pleasing aesthetic.

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Old and new – skills and  craftsmanship  – and atmosphere.

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The moment when, after many years

of hard work and a long voyage

you stand in the centre of your room,

house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,

knowing at last how you got there,

and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose

their soft arms from around you,

the birds take back their language,

the cliffs fissure and collapse,

the air moves back from you like a wave

and you can’t breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.

You were a visitor, time after time

climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.

We never belonged to you.

You never found us.

It was always the other way round. Margaret Atwood

6 Responses to “Uzès – Juste un aperçu”

  1. Jill Reid Says:

    Beautiful photographs, so calming, with shadows
    – and a well chosen passage of words from Margaret Atwood, on Home, and how we are all just passing through. Thank-you.


  2. Super place. I went there once as a child. Can’t remember a thing. I think I get the poem. I must be getting somewhere.


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