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The iron snake in a summer’s sun

"Sweet is the swamp with its secrets,
Until we meet a snake;
'T is then we sigh for houses,
And our departure take
At that enthralling gallop
That only childhood knows.
A snake is summer's treason,
And guile is where it goes."

(E. Dickinson, no title)
Maasmechelen (B)

A daughter has been kidnapped for nine months

"'Tis not for the happy; come, daughter of sorrow,
'Tis here thy sad thoughts are embalm'd in thy tears,
Where, lost in the past, disregarding tomorrow,
There's nothing for hopes and nothing for fears."

(A. Hunter in The wanderer)
Maasmechelen (B)

My pâtisserie is unfortunately closed


“Treats and sweets and tortes and cakes
Cherries, berries, chocolate flakes
My firm resolutions break
Goodness, oh, for goodness sake!”

(L.T. Morisson in Evil Patisserie)
Mont-sur-Marchienne (B)

“Ban on all water sports: under penalty of whores”


“completely different:
one’s expression when playing
or paying”

(Haiku by Shigetsune)
Maasmechelen(B)

The cow grazes nicely around a work of art

"The friendly cow all red and white,
I love with all my heart.
She gives me cream with all her might,
To eat with apple tart.

She wanders lowing here and there,
And yet she cannot stray,
All in the pleasant open air,
The pleasant light of day;

And blown by all the winds that pass
And wet with all the showers,
She walks among the meadow grass
And eats the meadow flowers."

(R.L. Stevenson in The cow)
Borgloon (B)