In the first week of March, when Spring was awakening and the chill of winter was softening, enticing the earth to bring forth new growth, I received Jean-Jacques Fournier’s 16th book of poems, “Love – by any definition.”
The timing of publishing in January welcomed a new year and a new decade of wonderful possibilities. With its elegant cover of embossed gold and iconic photographs accompany the inside pages, Jean-Jacques’ book of poetry expressed the diverse perspectives of love’s sensibilities.
Jean-Jacques and Marianne were traveling in Italy when I received “Love – by any definition” in my mailbox. Once the book was in hand, I felt the immediate urge to head out into nature and recite one of the poems.
Reading out loud on a hill overlooking the Vancouver skyline was an exhilarating moment. The foreshadowing of what was to come within a few short days had not reached our city.
The word of the pandemic came only a few days later. March 12, 2020 the WHO announced the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Jean-Jacques and Marianne returned quickly from their stay in Italy, safe and sound.
These past six months have been defining. The world has experienced an unprecedented disruption that continues to challenge our daily living and interactions.
As I listen to my recitation of Jean-Jacques’ poem, “I Wish You Love – more than you’d miss,” I hear a singular truth. In times of uncertainty, love and compassion, friendship and steadfastness will grant us courage and bestow a sense of community.
Join me in reciting “I Wish You Love – more than you’d miss.”
Jean-Jacques is a repeat guest on Tea Toast & Trivia Podcast. I invite you to the conversation.