VIENNA: CASTLE, TOWER, SQUARE

Photo by Dieter Scherr

VIENNA: CASTLE, TOWER, SQUARE

When you ride your bicycle
out of the emperor’s castle
along Heroes Square
towards the Ring
you see it looming above the big gate,
the anti-aircraft tower
behind Museums Quarter
in a section still used by the army.
This concrete tower
stands for reality
behind the Legoland splendour.
They are renovating the Parliament,
so the parliament sessions
are held in barracks right on the square,
temporary units.
The walls are inscribed
with human rights.
It’s a curious mixture,
that square, what it stood for,
in 1938 and before,
what it stands in for now.
We have another parliamentary election
on Sunday.

MW September 2019

 

 

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