“ Right of Choice ” – for good or bad –

You’d come to be

Aware of options,

That set you free

Of blind caution,

A right of choice

To take a chance,

Albeit with degree

Of failed advance,

Stolid to repartee

Of critic endured,

In this stage of life

Bordering mature,

When chances rife

Tho ne’er assured,

Be for good or bad

Ye can’t fail but see,

That a right of choice

Forever belongs to me!

                                                             © Jean-Jacques Fournier


“ The Paradise I Knew ” ~ or so I’d dreamed ~


The paradise I knew

Lost now to years,

When youth yet be

A part of me,

And had no boundaries

As far as you could see…


‘Twas paradise alive

For life to thrive

On courage sound,

Would so derive

Felicity that loomed

Thru fate want found…


Alas would end

Such reveries of youth,   

The while did suffer

Fantasies falter,

As mature felt reality

Eventually alter

The paradise I knew,

Or so I’d dreamed!