Pretty canopies of red
dot the alleyways of hilltop villages in
the lovely area of the Luberon.
Always used with discretion
like a brushstroke across a canvas.
Look how clean are these pavements?
the village cleaners arrive early each morning
and by the time I make my way to
the little boulangerie,
all is spotless.
My favourites at this boulangerie
were the petit chouquettes!
little puff pastry pearls
sprinkled with coarse sugar
looking out from inside the walls of the old village
shutters~copper lamps~ fresh flowers
make an inviting scene.
(note the rouge menu board)