Like a long-legged fly upon the stream
His mind moves upon silence.

W.B. Yeats

Welcome to the land of Active Thought. Here is the portal to a world of words and images that will scintillate your minds and transform your tongues.

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And then there was Marie-Gaya who was mostly plain, but wore a nicely put together outfit – blue, brown and white. But words can do not justice to the specific tones of this cultured working woman’s uniform. She was reading a book and paused to look up at the suited young man and brown satchel. … Continue reading Marie-Gaya

Work in Progress…

Hello everyone, This is just a short post to say that I won’t be uploading anything until next Friday 29th May. I’m working on a video project for Paris Lit Up which currently requires my creative energy. Instead of fretting about what I can write as well, I’ve decided to take a pause. This has … Continue reading Work in Progress…

Mr and Mrs Able

And then we have Mr and Mrs Able, who aren’t able to do anything the same; she is sitting and he is standing, though there’s an extra seat free. She wears a head scarf, he goes hatless. She sits with her legs neatly together, while he tries to dominate the carriage with his crotch. But … Continue reading Mr and Mrs Able

St Nicolas of the Fields

Saint Nicolas is gone and his rural flock departed.Saint Nicolas of the Pastures watches civil discordSaint Nicolas of the Meadow drowns in urban illnessUnrest with which Parliament propagated dutyIn those ignorant of the executive and of their scheming.I will sing of a young boy lost in a cityscape;Call him Geoffroy, son of open land and … Continue reading St Nicolas of the Fields

Dame à la licorne

Un poème inspiré de l’œuvre du mois du Musée de Cluny. Tu es ma dame à la licorne, j’en bois ta forme.Tu es Diane terrestre, guère champêtre.Le lion agenouillé à tes pieds, sa tête tournée,N’ose voir ta gloire dans le miroir ! Les glands et les tiges autour de toi agonisentLorsque les baies s’en gonflent … Continue reading Dame à la licorne

L’AiR Arts Virtual Salon

This is a piece to say thank you to the AiRArts community. Last night, I had the pleasure and privilege of taking part in a virtual salon organised by Deanna Galati and Mayumi Lashbrook, two amazing creative performers from l’AiR Arts. This is an artists’ residency that myself and other representatives of Paris Lit Up … Continue reading L’AiR Arts Virtual Salon


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A little bit about me…

Le Pont des Arts

My name is Ed Bell and I am just your average Paris-based writer with a Latin and French degree from Oxford and a Northern England background. I started writing this blog in 2016, but had never really taken it all that seriously. Then at the beginning of the 2020s, several positive artistic encounters happened and I realised that it was the moment to take the plunge into Active Thought.

What you will find here is my own writing, reflecting my experiences and of others (where possible) as I try to navigate the rocky waters that we call modern life. I want these pages to be accessible to anyone who is curious about the lives of others, wherever that person is.

Yet, my biggest passion is interaction and I would love to hear from you. If we can use this curiosity for active contemplation, then we can build a community. If we can build a community, then we can release ourselves from our determined mindsets. If you would like to contribute to the conversation, please write a message or comment, or find me and connect on social media.