Gary (norightturn) wrote,

2 Poets, 1 Park

Gorgeous day for celebrating Garden Month and Poetry Month in New York. As part of the judging triad for Parks' "Garden of the Month" competition I get to explore horticultural wonders in all five boroughs, dressed in their seasonal best. Today marked the start of the 2013 season and the Bronx site happened to be Joyce Kilmer Park - his famous 'Trees' (I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree) was my Earth Day tweet - and appropriately enough, it featured a magnificent sculpture honoring Heinrich Heine, a German poet. The statue, whose details I hope can be discerned from the accompanying photos (note the hapless sailor's skull!), is a magnificent allusion to the 'Die Lorelei', or sirens, eponymous subject of his most famous work. An interesting aside: because he converted from Judaism, it took some doing, and significant financial support from the local German community, to finally get the statue placed in New York.

Also including a pic of some tulips from the surrounding flower bed because they're just too fabulous not to share!

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