Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

Yesterday – Saturday – in Medville, there was a tribute to Charlie Hebdo.
Events like this took place in cities, towns and villages across France and, I am sure, much further afield.
There will be more today.
I have no need, and no desire, to revisit the appalling atrocities which have brought about this huge wave of public involvement.
But it is uplifting, even heart-warming, to know that so many feel so strongly about the freedom of the press.
And about what it represents, freedom of speech for all.
Here on the Mediterranean, a group of musician/poets called l’Emporte-Phrase organised the event, which consisted of short speeches and poetry readings.
For those of you who wonder at their name, it does not translate literally into English.
It suggests that poetry spreads words as the wind spreads seeds.
So, perhaps, Word of Mouth best conveys its meaning.
They included a French translation of Rudyard Kipling’s If, which was well received by the enthusiastic onlookers.
But my fellow blogger and very dear friend Emmy L Gant was the star of the show.
She read, in French, her own translation of Robert Burns’ A Man’s A Man For A’ That.
She received rapturous applause.
And brought a tear even to AnElephant’s jaded old eye.

Après tout, après tout
Cela viendra, après tout,
Que l’homme pour l’homme, partout au monde,
Soit un frère après tout.

For a’ that an’ a’ that
It’s coming yet for a’ that
That man to man, the world o’er
Shall brithers be for a’ that

Please Note:
This piece is shown on Sunday Photo Fiction by the kind permission of Alastair Forbes.
Or my friend Al, as I prefer to call him.
He feels that rules are made to be broken, and that some things are just more important.
AnElephant is grateful for his forbearance and his support.
But right now, AnElephant believes, we are all Charlie.
Nous sommes tous Charlie.

Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

About AnElephantCant

An artist/writer/poet combination whose blogs reflect an approach to life that celebrates nature and takes a tongue-in-cheek view of most issues. So you get rhymes and doodles, photographs and comment. Irreverent and irrelevant. Occasionally funny, sometimes serious, mostly pointless. https://anelephantcant.me/
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21 Responses to Je Suis Charlie

  1. Lovely piece Elephant. I was something to see how so many came together to show solidarity. Such a sad thing to happen in Paris, a city that stands for freedom of speech. — Suzanne

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  2. So much truth in all this and congratulations for raising it.
    Hopefully in the weeks that follow, people will address the elephant (sorry) in the room – the role of satire in society (and, related, whether we actually have or even want freedom of speech).

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    • Thank you, Patrick.
      And you are sadly correct in that freedom of speech is being constantly eroded by our governments and legal systems, at least for those rich enough to suppress the truth through ‘super injunctions’ etc

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  3. Oui, Je suis Charlie aussi. You are my pachyderm brother today. Huge Elephant hugs, Brenda

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  4. Beautiful! Sadly, “a” as used in your writing represents to me that which we are not “allowed” to speak or write. I know this is not your meaning for it, it just struck me that way. It made me sad.

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  5. Thank you for tihs thoughtful piece about the terrible goings on in Paris recently. The standing together of brothers and sisters of all faiths and none is so important in this fragile world.
    Je suis Charlie, je suis Ahmed.

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  6. Steve Lakey says:

    If this tragedy has shown us anything, it is that the bonds that hold us together are stronger than the forces that would pull us apart. Freedom of speech is too precious to be policed by extremists.
    Je suis Charlie!

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  7. Al says:

    Freedom of speech is something that should never ever be denied. If we give in to that, then we may as well give up right now. The atrocities created by these terrorists should never be allowed to silence the world.

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  8. emmylgant says:

    Medville, Charlie et emmy te disent un grand merci. UnElephant est toujours là quand ça compte le plus.
    So beautiful to me.

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  9. Gyslaine L. says:

    Yes, I am Charlie!

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