I’m a citizen of Austria and
So is my spouse
She has lived here for seventeen years
Since the age of twelve.
We stayed together at her parent’s Viennese flat
For over two years.
That was in the 1960’s as we met and fell in love.
So now after 34 years fate urged us to return
From the Africa of the South due to changing
My application for a state sponsored flat was
Refused. No reason given.
We had to use-up all our savings
Lodging at an economy-style hostel.
Nearly gave up the tiring search for affordable
Accommodation in Vienna’s rental jungle.
But then out of the blue – I must have left a message –
An agent offered us a flat in Klonbg-Weidling.
Excellent compared to what we had been
Offered for less quality and for higher rentals in Vienna.
Know the system. It takes time.
Four years fight with a landlord to have all basics to suit
Our way of life having fallen on death ears
Losing one’s teeth biting on granite ignorance.
Life’s dentistry is an expensive game
Just to get through.