Friday 17 December 2010

Snowing on my Coffee
Vienna's Naschmarkt under the Weather

It Snowed
for two days and nights.
Snow drifting everywhere,
the wind blowing it under
the awnings of the Naschmarkt stalls,
spilling into the water glass
with the oblong paper envelopes
filled with sugar for your coffee
and giving the Christmas cactus
a good dusting of powdery snow

Snowflakes cozied up
with the oranges and clementines,
forcing their icy embrace onto the
forelorn southern beauties.
No one back home on the island of Sicily
had prepared them
for the harsh realities
north of the border!

The French oysters
sat in their carapace,
dreaming of their salty home
in fair Brittany,
crumping their shells
in dispair

And, yes,
it snowed on the coffee beans,
rendering them bitter
over such gelid fate!


15 December 2010
at Vienna's largest outdoor market

Images and Text
Copyright by Merisi


  1. Merisi, your snowy close-ups are very charming. Somehow they remind me of little pictures that appear when little windows are opened on certain Advent calendars. Wouldn't that be a grand idea, to have various seasonal icons dusted with seasonal flakes appear day by day?

    Wait a minute...that is just what you are giving us! Thank you. xo

  2. I can certainly see the nectarines and oranges complaining. The coffee beans still look a little...perky.

  3. Somehow I never expected to see snow dusting oranges, clementines and coffee beans! It's lovely, of course, and so are your words.

  4. Looking at those shivering clementines, I felt truly sorry for them, and their icy little hands, "Che Gelida Manina". ;-)

  5. Frances,
    you are the sweetest, thank you! :-)

    Tess Kincaid,

    only a little colder. ;-)

    Charles Gramlich,
    you had me cracking up! :-)))

    thank you! :-)

  6. Your always constant already charming snaps made all the more charming with the dusting of powdery snow. Perfect timing for the winter season of celebration. Thank you always for your loving embrace of happiness spread all about you~

  7. Oh, che gelida manina indeed! The words and the images together are a feast for the senses. I'm praying our flight to Vienna on Sunday is not delayed by snow at Heathrow - (the Brits are notoriously useless at dealing with even a couple of centimetres of this white stuff) - I cannot wait to see your wonderful city.


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