Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pick up a book, find a sentence, write a poem

Ella's challenge to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads this Thursday was for members and visitors to pick up a book, look at a sentence, and use that sentence as inspiration for a poem.
Most of my books are packed away due to belated renovations of our house. Said renovations are becoming more belated by the day, I swan, and I have no idea where the best of my books might be.
So the book I picked up happened to be a guide book to the River Danube.
The sentence:
"In 1766, Emperor Joseph II opened up to the citizens of Vienna what until then had been the restricted imperial hunting grounds."
Jesuitenwiese in Prater

from hunting ground
to a place for play
a little yellow train
a football ground
a giant ferris wheel

what would Friedrich I 
have thought of the land
he gave to the Praters
to hunt on as they wished?

and what would
the Prater family have thought
of the land
that slipped
Wiener Riesenrad
in the Wurstelprater
amusement park
from their hands?

Emperor Joseph II  was wise
to share the land with Vienna
—and then a World Exhibition
shared Vienna with the world

Photos from Wikipedia



Jinksy said...

I came expecting an asylum story?! Now I'm feeling a trifle insane as my thought processes have to switch ship to Vienna in 1766 ! LOL

Anonymous said...

The aharing approach often works better in the end than the covetous! Thanks, Kay. k.

Gattina said...

Bravo ! Your imagination has no limits, lol !

Carola Bartz said...

Ha - your photos brought back some memories of the time when I lived in Vienna. I lived in Josephstadt, pretty close to the Prater. Kind of shady in some areas, but I loved it. It was close enough to walk to the city center and to university (about a 40 minute walk) and I did that every day, twice. Good times...
I like your poem!

Grace said...

Well, a good thing came out of it then ~ Thanks for the piece of history, smiles ~

Powell River Books said...

You do so well with story and poem starters. I don't have quite enough imagination to do it. - Margy

Ella said...

Wow, Kay!
I m intrigued and love how fate helped you go on this path.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I think you wax poetically all year, Kay. I'm pretty much doing it this month. You are far busier than I am, though!!!!
your faithful follower!

Fireblossom said...

Whoa, wait a minute. Kay, did you know you have this post, for Ella's prompt, linked to Margaret's prompt about Willard Asylum?

Margaret said...

Obviously you linked incorrectly to my Willard Asylum post … but I appreciate this break :) As you know, it is a very sad and heavy topic ;)