Thursday, 13 April 2017

At the Laeken Greenhouses

Brussels' «Crystal Palace» all in glass
And wrought iron filigree, was vast
As Leopold II's great love of plants
Required a building to enhance -

His outstanding palm collection;
He watched it grow – came on inspection
With Prince Albert, his young heir
Who nervous, came with him to stare

At this huge project taking shape
These greenhouses which would make
His meglomanic heart content
And showcase Stéphanie's event!*

«Well», said the King, «what are your views?»
Albert, awed, could not refuse:
«It looks just like a small Versailles»
«Small, say you?» was the tart reply!

(c) Poet in the woods 2017

* Engagement of Princess Stéphanie of Belgium
to Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria in 1880.


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