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A Man Who Has Nothing In Particular To Recommend Him Discusses All Sorts of Subjects at Random as Though He Knew Everything

I’m Going To Move To The South Of France

I’m going to get up every morning and shave over a basin and then put on a suit. Sharp. I’m going to walk down a street made of little stones. There will be baskets of flowers depending from iron hooks mortared into the stuccoed buildings. The dogs will lift their heads but not bark as I pass by. I will have a cane, for no particular reason. I will buy a newspaper in the wrong language and a baguette, and pay with some form of coin. No matter what it costs, it has to be paid for with coins.

Or perhaps they will give it to me because they like my last book. I wrote it in pencil, because I no longer have a computer, or a television, or a telephone, or a business card, or a PO box, or an email address, or a Pinterest page, or much of anything else, really. I will have a bank account through which you can contact me. When I return home I will open the casements wide to the morning and my wife will make coffee and we will sit by the window and eat toast made from the baguette and talk about our children.

I will be the old man that passes by, dressed too impeccably for the weather and the zeitgeist, and my wife will be the woman who is always immaculately turned out until the day she passes on to a place that deserves her.

And during our peregrinations, if you accost us with a lean and hungry look in your eyes, and malice in your heart, I will produce a misericorde out of nowhere and gut you like a fish.

4 Responses

  1. Sounds a little bit like David Grisman. All they need is a mandolin. Very, very nice. My day is off on a good note. Thank you.

  2. Some 40 years ago, I lived in an apartment complex, and there was an old gentleman who lived there who didn't have a cane but dressed in a blue blazer with gray trousers and a straw boater. Some day I shall buy a spiffy walking stick and a straw boater and stroll about town looking casually elegant. And I thank you, Mr. Sippi, for reminding me of him.

  3. Larry Geiger,

    Actually, David Grisman sounds a little bit like THEM.

    Grisman, like most string players of my generation, was gob-stopped by the French Gypsy jazz players we encountered on old 78s. What David did was change the world, just like Django Reinhardt did, by making a new sound out of old materials – in his case by marrying Gypsy jazz with Bluegrass, and nothing has been the same since.

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