The beautiful portrait by Marie-France, depicting his reflective demeanor and elegant maturation in later age, inspired me to write the poem. Having listened to his expressive deliverance of songs like "Ma France" ( My France) , "La Montagne" (The Mountain) and "C'est Beau La Vie" (This Beautif Life), I was deeply moved and strived to incorporate the essence of his voice into my own text.
Entitled, "Chansonnier", this verse symbolically parallels the flight of an evening swallow with the spiritual passing of the singer. The bird's wings turn the moment counterclockwise and allows the soul of Jean Ferrat to journey through his past life and then into the next. The lines also highlight his love for Aragon's poem, " Elsa's eyes ", along with symbols of nature and Paris which breathed power into his most celebrated songs. With his death, as Michel Drucker, one of France's most popular television presenters, so poignantly declared -- "A whole part of France, a whole generation is mourning today," And so are all those people , globally, who knew him, heard him and related personally to his message and his music. Adieu, notre cher artiste, notre cher ami!