Our Place

Notre Dame de Cenilly 


Just another little village in the bocage.
A scattering of houses
in a hodge podge of styles.
Church with spire and mairie,
salle de fêtes and school,
epicerie and boulangerie,
as is the rule.
The inevitable coiffeur
gives ladies the local look –
tight perm and matt red hair.
There is of course  a garage
for fuel and maintenance
and where we buy our car.
All criss-crossed with tracks
trees and hedgerows, cows and fields of maize.
The jewel in the village crown,
les gars – the chaps – run les Garmelles:
la Poste, bar, meeting and eating place,
not beautiful to look at,
but the heart of Notre Dame.
Les GarmellesBocage is farmland with uneven sized and shaped fields separated by hedges and trees, typical of Normandy.  A gamelle is a cooking pot, hence the pun in the name of the brasserie.


At Poetry Jam, they want us to go local with a poem about what makes our place special.  Also linked to dVerse Poets Open Link Night.

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32 Responses to Our Place

  1. Abhra says:

    Such a warm and lively piece to give me some fresh air. Loved it.


  2. kelly says:

    Told with such love. You made me want to visit.

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  3. kaykuala says:

    Interspersed between the languages make for brilliance of thoughts. French is always a beautiful language. Thanks for sharing Viv!


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  4. Prajakta says:

    Thank you for taking me along on a lovely stroll at your place 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. claudia says:

    oh you make me wanna go and visit… sounds like a wonderful place and you described it in the most charming way… wonderful viv – one of my favs by you

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  6. Grace says:

    Such a lovely place to visit ~ Thanks for giving us a cyber tour Viv ~


  7. From a non grammatical person, have you got an error in grammar here or is that poetic license? Sally

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  8. I like the French flair in your poem. Seems like a very charming and inviting place to visit. 🙂

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  9. I love the sense of completeness. A village where you can live your life and have everything in proximity. No real choices to be made, but you can spend your energy on living instead.

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  10. kanzensakura says:

    I like this! This is a place I would enjoy visiting instead of the larger busy places so full of stuff….Absolutely wonderful and your poem just smiles it out.

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  11. The small town lure of community one.. the village the
    people make the village real.. there is a time where
    i lived on a river front with town front in walking distance..
    and this small village reminds me in nostalgia of community
    then.. with me..:)

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  12. I could picture it indeed! Thanks!

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  13. billgncs says:

    I was just in Melisey France for a couple weeks last year – you poem could be that place too, just right.

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  14. scotthastiepoet says:

    Very well conjured sense of place Viv – and as someone who has been – a real treat for me… With Best Wishes Scott

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  15. restlessjo says:

    It sounds a charming place to live. 🙂 Why have I never noticed your background before, Viv? It unrolls so gracefully down the page. Where did it come from?

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  16. Gabriella says:

    I knew you lived in France, Viv, but had no idea it was in the Manche. It is a beautiful region and I like the way you showed all the important locations in your little village. I have found that most people in these rural places are proud of their way of life and that the local mayors ans conseils municipaux do their best to keep them alive.

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  17. colonialist says:

    They are, of course, listed in order of importance! 🙂

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  18. Sherry Marr says:

    I love this description of your wonderful village. Especially the gathering place. It is so cool to have a place to hang out in when one feels social.

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  19. What a warming – full of personality look at your ‘place’ Viv!! Love it!

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  20. Mary says:

    What a beautiful place you live, Viv. I think that, though small, it has all of the essentials!!

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  21. tialys says:

    I see you have the obligatory tabac but you haven’t mentioned the other ubiquitous French shop – la Pharmacie. I can’t believe you don’t have at least two.


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