23 July 2014

Raised to Race

Belleville Rendez-vous (2003) The Triplets of Belleville

Grandmother notices her child’s dis-ease,
finds puppy-plus-tricycle cure in time,
and sets in motion a mountain journey—
from cabaret play through organized crime.

She couldn’t have planned it if she tried, not
Madame Souza with her young Champion.
Her egg beater massages his massive
thighs in training for his first Tour de France.

Voila!  He’s ready!  Excitement packs all:
he on his bike while her truck trails behind—
Madame Souza, Bruno, food and water—
The animation is simply divine.

I won’t spoil the tale while they’re on the trail
but leave you with this little rhyme: back rooms
hold gamblers who live on greed and control
so what looks free pays a terrible toll.

Les Triplettes de Belleville (2003) - Sylvain Chomet - Trailer

A tribute for my prompt 

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Le Tour de France

Copyright © 2014  S.L.Chast


Jae Rose said...

I think you have explored a lot of themes around racing...the opening verse is beautiful..almost lulls you into a false sense of innocence...I guess we pay the price for the thing we set out to pursue...a lot of interesting ideas are cycling around this week - always good!

avalon said...

My goodness, did I have a misspent youth: all these are outside my experience :-)
There was one very old French film I saw some years ago, which me laugh so much that I wish I remembered the name of it.
Do you know the Mystery Plays, the start of drama as the English Language knows it? They performed them en route on wagons and I always think of that this time of year.. Chess-on-wheels no longer seems to apply, as the riders are spoonfed their tactics these days. Oh...the olden days :-)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Yes, well said - what looks free pays a terrible toll.

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...


Of course Belleville Rendezvous was superb, as was the endurance within the story...No escape from that life, to any other..Destined!!
A wonderful recap of that film..


Unknown said...

such and exciting and energitic one!! really enjoyed this!!

Unknown said...

We have monetized everything havent we? Even junior's first pacifier!

Gen Giggles said...

Ah the truth of all sporting events in that last stanza.