Flânerie

The Journal

Flânerie

By Emily Franklin
(this appeared in The Journal)

 Around 1840 it was considered elegant to take a tortoise out
                   walking. This gives us an idea of the tempo of flânerie. 
—Walter Benjamin

 

In the 1840s elegance was walking
your tortoise on a leash

My youngest had a pet ant
and then ate it by mistake

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