Familiar face of pale-red
Elongated shadows of man
Like ghosts from a pre-dorm era
Dreaming on in a bus ride
End station Sievering.
The ‘Gspöttgraben’s’ uphill walk
In midway break’s cops of trees
Posting their wintry structures
Against a pale-blue sky.
The final push for a break
With kids playing slides on
Surviving snow and ice.
My soul rejoices with the dusky
Appearance of trees of life in a
Backlit biosphere park set as an
Nature’s graphic art of order
In chaotic density of branches
Blackened like charcoal against
The white-blue skies.
Walking through vistas of scenic
Tree cops lit up through the lantern
Of a wintry sun
Yet turn around completely and
Enjoy the real colour of birches
A snowy icy patch on the way
A snow covered ‘Kogelwiese’
People sliding on the last snow
Up and up towards ‘Habsburgwarte’
Rest until the waning sun demands
You should return.
Finally, passed the cut back
Vineyards in wintry slumber
You spot a sign: ‘Haseleckersteig’
Where your shadow will be
Passed you in El Greco style.