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Sep 2016
Green glass
but it's French
which makes it
verre vert.
The French should like that.
They appreciate
their jeux de mots.

Not a statue
of a man
but it could be.
Not a piece of art at all
I have made it so
by saying it is one.

Its qualities
are visual
and tactile at once
the material heavy
(over a kilo)
not so much transparent
as translucent
the colour
from under the sea
the surface curved
the shape functional
admirably suited for its purpose
its name
embossed on the back
(or the front?)
giving a clue.

redundant insulator
from an overhead power cable
found object
(objet trouvΓ©)
from the garden
of friends
in the Alpes-Maritimes.

This souvenir
potential paperweight
is more than all of these.

Souvenir after all
is French for memory.
This doesn't give the full impression without a photograph.  Luckily, that is available at < >
Paul Hansford
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Paul Hansford  81/M/England
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