Tag Archives: Bocage

Verses upon confusing French vocabulary

Maybe it’s just a word for countryside

around Normandy-between the dykes-

or seaweed left behind by the tide

-but I have the feeling it is something else besides.

 

Maybe it’s a thatched cottage in Brittany

-a description of wind blown hay

or some kind of Catholic liturgy,

a phantasy of disorder mixed with pride.

 

Anyway, it sounds green, ancient and lush-

a background to starched peasants in white blouses.

Something painted by Gaugin;

my memory is quite a mush,

having confused it with bricolage.

 

No, no isn’t it simply, basically bocage?

Though another word that now springs to mind is actually,

Cambriolage –which simply means

Robbery!