Friday, 20 November 2015

The Brussels Sewer Museum

There's talk of sleet and slushy streets
As gentle Autumn now retreats
Sure sign of winter - heavy rains
Swathes of mulched leaves, flooded drains...

This week a new event occurred
It kicked up quite a stink, I heard!
By the Porte of Anderlecht
Is a quaint museum; quite a trek

Down passages below the street
Entrance by a toll booth neat
Amazingly you can explore
The River Senne and hear its roar.

Once Brussels had a “Venice” face
Now boulevards disguise its trace
A river, shallow, wound its way
Behind the Grand'Place every day.

Detritus of all kinds flowed past
To scour it - an unpleasant task
So over a hundred years ago
The city council made it go

Down a sewer network deep and vast
Cholera – Evil of the past!
It's fun, it's different, worth the trip
Lifeline of Brussels – but don't slip!

(c) Poet in the woods 2015

Le Musée des Égouts - Porte d'Anderlecht

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