With the River just a memory now
Canals North-South our waterway
The Brussels' Powers-that-Be endow
The quays with sand and palms that sway.
Bruxelles-les-Bains or Brussel-Bad
Is a feature citizens enjoy
In deck chairs cocktails can be had
A «By the Sea» for hoi polloi!
Mojitos: lime with rum and mint
Are welcome on a sultry day
It's nice to hear those ice cubes clink
And imagine you are far away!
Music concerts, sports and games
The programme at week-ends is charged
The stalls all have exotic names
Their lists and menus written large.
OK, it's not the Côte d'Azur
Or Costa Brava down in Spain
But it has its own unique allure
Just don't go there in the rain!
(Quai des Peniches - 16th Edition)
(c) Poet in the woods 2017