Sous les platanes

We meet under the naked shade of plane trees,
February sun patterns lines across our faces
and hearth smoke lingers
clings to our sweaters as we leave the village.

We walk towards the Costabonne
while the Tech river whispers rumours behind us,
turn one last time to see the ancient fort keeping guard
over crumbling terracotta roofs.

We climb higher as you name the trees
until we see the valley open out towards the sea
waiting for the moon to rise,
red over these softly swelling mountains.

~ Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer Campbell is a graduate of the Creative Writing program at the University of Calgary. She holds a Master’s in Social Anthropology from McGill University, where she is currently pursuing her PhD. Her poetry was most recently published in Descant 140. She spends her time writing in Calgary, Montreal, and a small village in the French Pyrenees.

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