In the Belvedere Palace
I watch a Japanese tourist group
Shuffle behind their leader, who points
Up, high on the wall: Der Kuss by Gustav Klimt.
Mouths fall open in unison, with a gasping Ahhhh
At the sight, this painting an icon now for a hundred years,
A Thing To See for each visitor to Wien;
And now ticked off their mental list-of-sights;
This shoal of mouths-still-open passes
Into another room, to next tick off another Klimt
Or perhaps a Kokoshka ? And to ask their guide:
Benjo onegai please where is the toilet ?
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