August 23, 2004

Sleeping On The Ceiling

concorde fountain

Sleeping On The Ceiling - A poem by Elizabeth Bishop

It is so peaceful on the ceiling!
It is the Place de la Concorde.
The little crystal chandelier
is off, the fountain is in the dark.
Not a soul is in the park.

Below, where the wallpaper is peeling,
the Jardin des Plantes has locked its gates.
Those photographs are animals.
The mighty flowers and foliage rustle;
under the leaves the insects tunnel.

We must go under the wallpaper
to meet the insect-gladiator,
to battle with a net and trident,
and leave the fountain and the square
But oh, that we could sleep up there....

The matching pair of fountains either side of the obelisk at Place de la Concorde in Paris are my good friend James' favourite fountains and it's not hard to see why. They are probably the kind of object that resulted in the word splendid being conecieved.

Posted by Andy at 08:33 PM into Photos | TrackBack


It's true these fountains are most definitely of the splendid form.

"Hittorff's elegant design integrated the facades of two 18th-century buildings with a sense of spaciousness the colossal Egyptian monument, and impressive fountains."

Posted by James at 2005-08-25 10:17:53
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