Friday, 15 August 2014

The Brussels Flower Carpet

Twelfth century cobbled square ablaze
With begonias in most vibrant phase
Here comes (one year in every two)
A living carpet in full view.

The design is mapped out months ahead
In some giant, near-Ghent flowerbed
The colours are chosen with great care
And assembled with professional flair.

Curious tourists happen by
Why expose a carpet to the sky?
We're known for tapestries, it's true
But a carpet this size is quite new.

Peering closer, they observe
The tight-knit plants that truly serve
To produce a trompe l'oeil that's first class
Sad that its shelf-life soon is past!

(c) Poet in the woods 2014


3 comments:

  1. A bunch of light and colors in the brownish grey background. Magnificient fragile art work... I wish Philip the Good of Burgundy or of emperor Charles V could have seen such a bright carpet on the floor of their beloved Grand Place ;-)

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  2. We're known for tapestries, it's true But a carpet this size is quite new. japan

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  3. 2016 - this year's carpet in the form of a kimono (with cranes, lotus blossoms, koi fish and the rising sun symbol) célébrâtes 150 years of commercial/navigational exchanges between Belgium and Japan (1866)

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