In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines
lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.
For our granddaughter we took a small doll,
Madeline, to Paris, photographed her
at the Eiffel tower, on the steps of Montmartre,
before many Impressionist paintings.
Here she steps into a world of harmony
and gentle water, matches her hat to
a woman loving the light 150 years ago.
Today bombs, bullets, smoke and tears blur
the landscape of Paris life. Still the Eiffel
tower, sculpture of lace, stands poised, looks up.
See how Monet’s water lilies open themselves
to the day. Still and again let it be
the fashion to shape our bodies to balanced
grace, a forward facing swoop. Let Paris
extend an open hand to refugees and
the children of refugees. Let the world
extend an open hand to Paris.
Slinger, Wisconsin USA
Donated to Waukesha Women’s Center