Friday, January 31, 2014

Hannah introduces Bonn to Toads

For this week's Transforming Friday, Hannah's challenge to us at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads is to write about the city of Bonn, Germany, birthplace of Beethoven, where the night streets are still lit with gas, and where the largest thoroughfare is still the River Rhine.
Prompt photo

I've never been to Bonn, but I've spent a lot of time on the Rhine. We were on a cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, but I seldom went ashore because I was very weak and unwell. Therefore, I spent a lot of time looking at the beautiful Rhine River.

It was a winter cruise, and, while other passengers were ashore visiting Germany's famous Christmas markets, I was observing life on the river.

rowing on the Rhine
is fine
of course
in winter time
Richard Schear photo
when the numbers
of the rowers
face a very sharp decline

the numbers drop
and rowers drop
when they are numb
from winter,
frosty winter,
frosty rowing
on the Rhine
Kay Davies, January, 2014


Sherry Blue Sky said...

Cool response to the prompt - I imagine you could also have written about dining on the Rhine!

Oman said...

We do not have winter here in the Philippines so I cud only imagine what it would be like but come summer, everyone is out and having fun. Awesome place to do some water recreation. Thanks for sharing.

Hannah said...

Your repetition and alliteration suit your topic so well.

I always enjoy your personal notes...places one in your shoes...or frame of mind so to speak. Thank you for writing, Kay!

Robert Bourne said...

you had me shivering just with the thought of rowing on the Rhine in winter...

Vagabonde said...

That’s too bad that you were not feeling well during your trip in Germany. But then as you say you had plenty of time to look at the Rhine – and now you can write about it!

Susan said...

Neat rhythm of the oars. Until they stop.

Kay said...

That was really too bad that you got so sick during your cruise, Kay. We're going on a Mediterranean cruise in fall and hope we can stay healthy for it.

Susie Clevenger said...

With the repetition of your words I feel the movement of the rowers...Great write..I would love to take a European cruise