Monday 6 August 2012

Against the Dearth of Monday Poems
Viennese Escapes: Schloss Hof

Why the Dearth of Monday Poems?
Says me, while looking at Sunday's mirror.

Mondays follow Sundays,
and that alone should be reason
to celebrate.

Monsieur Renoir?

Echoes of Auguste's
Luncheon of the Boating Party?

The well dressed Ladies
in their summer finery?

The clinking of the glasses,
the bottles of wine?

The waiter in the starched white shirt?
Oops, wrong line,
wrong picture too!

(Come to think of it,
who wants to be served
by Renoir's garçons in underwear???)

There we go!
Oops, there we go again, indeed,
wrong image! *sigh*

Look at this scene,
out on a wooden deck,
no boat in sight, but
no mysterious gentlemen in tophats either!

Ever wondered about those gentlemen,
milling about in the back of Renoir's boat,
looking like ominous tax collectors,
ready to spoil the fun

Ah, Life is But a Dream
Built on a dearth of Monday poems

Photographed on 17 May 2009 at Schloss Hof -
Prince Eugene's country estate in Lower Austria - by Merisi
who admired Renoir's beautiful, room-filling painting intently
on many a visit to The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC

Once upon a time,
Hof Castle had a working manor farm.
Nowadays one of the farm's buildings houses
the restaurant
"Zum Weißen Pfau"
To the White Peacock
The outdoor eating area
offers a view of the gardens and the
rolling hills of the open countryside

Dedicated to my friends
Renate and Veronika

"The Luncheon of the Boating Party"
would not have been half the fun
without their company!

Images and Text are Merisi's own © by Merisi


  1. The Luncheon of the Boating Party is one of his finest I think. I enjoy reading about the Impressionist's lives as well as seeing their paintings.

  2. Your images, those captured by camera and word, are quite lovely. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  3. Delightful, fun post for the day, Merisi! Hope you had a lovely weekend and a wonderful week ahead! Enjoy!

  4. Life indeed is a dream, and these photos make the dream real...

  5. Ahhh, I remember those men in top hats. Nice post!

  6. There can never be a dearth of Monday anything IMHO.
    We're stuck with them.
    c'est la vie

  7. Your images are so much fun. And yes, those men in top hats look so gloomy. They look like they are dressed for a funeral.

  8. Merisi, you've given me a reminder of my first visit to the Phillips Collection, way back in the mid 1960's, on a Saturday day trip with another college friend...via train from western Virginia.

    Thank you, and continued thanks to Mr. Phillips and ... well to all those painters, too.


  9. I adore the close-in table shots.
    Cool post M!

  10. All the ingredients of a perfect summer's day.

  11. Thank you all so much for your kind comments!
    I wish you all a wonderful summer day,

  12. Looks like a sweet dream at the moment.

  13. I want to be right there now;')~


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