CITY BUS TOUR
Our city is a tort, with the cherry
in the middle. And this is Schwartzenberg
on his horse after the battle of Leipzig,
and you can see he was victorious.
And here is a street that was built to bring
beer to the poorer kind, not to disturb
the elegant people in the centre circle.
There was no food in the old coffee houses –
they didn’t want to have the smell of onions.
And this is the Town Hall – in German called
the Rathaus, with the Christmas Tree in front,
which is not ready yet. A different window
is opened every day to bring the gifts.
And here is the Ministry of War, now called
the Ministry of Defence, but in those days
they called it what it was. The city has
four railway stations, but for fifty years
it had no trains that travelled to the East.
And there you see the Church of St Charles,
patron of Black Death and various plagues.
Here is the Natural History Museum,
it is ranked among the first ten of the world.
Everything is in it, like pockets of boys.
This is the New River. The Old River
is now a lake. The artists used to live
over there, but they had much scandal,
and so they were not given galleries.
And this is Metternich, who told Franz Joseph
‘You don’t discuss with the people, you thump them.’
Later, we go to Concert Hall for Strauss.
Watching the shops is also interesting
but in the fog you can’t do anything.
© Ciaran O'Driscoll 2020