Sunday 8 January 2012

Which Hands in my Pocket?

Zu jeder Zeit
At any time,
said the dream within a dream,
hiding the clock's hands
in the pocket

Eric Panigl
"Triest Wien Marienbad"
The names of those cities -
once upon a time all part of the
Austro-Hungarian Empire -
writ there as a reminder of Vergänglichkeit -
evanescence - or of permanence?
Vienna, thy streetcar may be named
"Transience", but you are sending
her around the city in a circle
with no end station!

Well, every now and then,
the streetcar stops long enough
to let you hop off and
drop off your fineries
at the cleaners

Punsch Karitativ
Drinking for Charity
Well, that was during Christmas season,
lifting mugs of mulled wine
for a good cause,
building good will
for posterieternity

Dolce e Gabbana
Offering sweet temptations
in their shop window:
Alas, only sweet dreams,
faux ones, their permanence untroubled
by the ravages of time

Walking under these streetlights
always puts me in a meditative mood:

The lights illuminate
the façade of the Jewish Synagogue,
designed in the 1820s by one of the most
famous architects of his time, Joseph Kornhäusl.

On the other side of the lane, Seitenstettengasse,
the Ruprechtskirche, its parish reaching back
almost 1,300 years, to 740 AD.

Under Emperor Claudius -
less than half a century into the Christian era -
the area around these two historic buildings
was part of the Roman military settlement Vindobona.

Is it any wonder
one feels as if walking
on hallowed ground,
especially at twilight when
every shadow seems to cast forth
a vision of the past

"Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?"


For more information about the history
of the Jewish Synagogue at Seitenstettengasse,
Saint Ruprecht's Church and Vindobona,
the Roman military base and town in Pannonia Superior,
click on the respective names.

*) Quoted from the poem
"A Dream Within A Dream"
by Edgar Allan Poe

Images and own Text © by Merisi 2012


  1. Zu jeder Zeit
    At any time,
    said the dream within a dream,
    hiding the clock's hands
    in the pocket.

  2. There's always so much fancy and whimsy in the photos you capture.. and history. What a beautiful world you live in.. and share. Thanks for that.

  3. "Drinking for charity?" Now why haven't I heard about this idea before?

  4. I agree with Hilary that there is always whimsy and adventure in your photos. I may never get to your beloved City but I feel like I know it intimately.

  5. A wonderful post -- I love thinking about the layers of history.

  6. 'Zu jeder Zeit'
    That is the most decrepit store front you have ever posted. I was beginning to think Vienna was a perfect fairyland.

  7. Merisi, I am guessing you had some of that charitable mulled wine before taking the last photo of the lanterns ;-). Have a great day and if it's cold in Vienna, a glass of mulled wine would not go amiss.

  8. Hilary,
    thank you, my pleasure! :-)

    Charles Gramlich,
    I dare say it is quintessentially Viennese, at least during Christmas season, that is.

    I sure hope you will! :-)

    Vicki Lane,
    I truly feel that all those layers are present, even today, in one way or another, not only the remaining buildings, but also "in the air".

    not to myself: go back to that place and see if it is still slowly falling into oblivion. ;-)

  9. Those faux cakes!!
    sign me up!

  10. Zosia,
    me? *giggles*

    Paris Breakfasts,
    fabulous, aren't they?
    I think they bear the Demel signiture.


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