A BRIEF ENCOUNTER
A warm spring day.
I am sitting in the Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris.
An elegant, elderly French gentleman on the bench next to me
initiates a relaxed conversation.
He is Parisian from birth.
I mention my Greek origins.
‘Greece,’ he says, ‘the mother of European civilization.’
He tells me of his life-long fascination with Greek mythology.
‘Paris also has her myths.
Though they do not unfold in stories in the way that the Greek myths do,
they are there, extensions of her history.
We should pay more attention to them.’
The perfume of the warm air slides gracefully around us.
A tacit understanding hovers between us.
We sit together in its vibrancy.
‘…the search for myth
represents the dissatisfaction with partial and specialised truths
and the desire to immerse ourselves within the felicity
of an all-inclusive unity.’