i remember my city, Montreal

je me souviens….i will never forget you my friend, my neighbor, mon ville, my city, Montreal.

it feels like twenty-six years since i passed over the border, 26 miles north of here, to Quebec. traveling between the vast cornfields and onto the auto-route for the quick trip to Montreal. i’ve taken that ride hundreds of time and every time it’s LOVE.

if i could sing you a song, Montreal, i’d sing “You Got Me” to you from the bottom of my heart; and ask you to pretend my voice is as lovely as Colbie Caillat’s….I never told you, what I should have said. Now, I miss everything about you, without you. I miss you Atwater Market. I miss you Maestro’s. I miss you Olgivy’s. I miss you Brit & Chips. I miss you Marche Jean Talon. I miss you Old Montreal. I miss you Aldo’s. I miss you Notre Dame. I miss you Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal . I miss you Botanical Garden. I miss you waterfront. I miss you Champlain Bridge. I miss you Ikea. I miss you Weinstein & Gavino. I miss you Eaton’s. I miss you mashed peas and brown beer. I miss you Biodome. I miss you Habs. I miss you Ghandi. I miss you Wolf Street. I miss you St. Catherine. I miss you Rene LeVeque. I miss you Mount Royal. I miss you Mount Royal Cross. I miss you Westmount. I miss you St. Denis. I miss you Saint-Louis Square Fountain. I miss you 24 Hour Diner. I miss you Elvis impersonator. I miss you Canadians. I miss you McGill. I miss you street performers. I miss you homeless man playing spoons. I miss you St. Lawrence River. I miss you St. Joseph’s Oratory and your hundreds of creches. I miss you Saloon. I miss you IGA. I miss you ferris wheel. I miss you ice-skating at Vieux Port. I miss you meat pie lady. I miss you woodworking reindeer maker. I miss you Christmas Village. I miss you Casa de Mateo. I miss you Nota Bean. I miss you Schwartz’ Deli. I miss you Le Sheraton. I miss you Enoteca Pizzeria. I miss you Place des Arts. I miss you Jazz Fest. I miss you all, all the time, but even more in this season of remembering. But I never told you. What I should have said. No, I never told you, I just held it in. And now, I miss everything about you. Je porte ton cœur dans mon cœur…je me souviens.

Christmas 2019
il y a longtemps et à proximité

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