“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” –Oscar Wilde
‘Two Great Thinkers’- A bronze sculpture of the Irish writer Oscar Wilde (left) and the Estonian writer Eduard Vilde (right) sitting on a granite bench together.
I took some time off this week and went to the city, choosing to make this journey technology free. I didn’t even pop into one internet cafe. It was an opportunity to write, read, and rest while being ‘chauffeured’. Each direction entails a 45-minute ferry trip followed by a 45-minute bus trip and, this time of year, there’s no returning until evening. But that’s okay because often one day seems not enough to truly enjoy without feeling a bit frenetic and hurried. Islanders are blessed to receive a discount at a heart of the city hotel, making it hard to resist an overnight stay. I also have wonderful in-laws that have housed me for a night or two on many occasions.
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” –Oscar Wilde
Aside from my long to-do list, I had in mind my two weekly challenges–from Jamie at Blue Daisyz Creates, the 52 Weeks of Photography word this week is ‘think’, and from Ronovan at RonovanWrites, the Haiku Challenge Week 35 words are ‘miss and past.’
Wilde thinkers ne’er miss
musing upon those who’ve past
oft ignoring them
no offing day comes
they’re not present and aware
missing times of past
Bronze plaques are placed in the pavement at the sides of the bench that contain quotes by each man in English and Estonian. Oscar’s plaque has a coat of arms of Galway, Ireland and Eduard’s, a coat of arms from Tartu, Estonia respectively:
“it is only by contact with the art of foreign nations that the art of a country gains that individual and separate life that we call nationality”
Irish OSCAR WILDE writer
“ainult kokkupuutes võõraste rahvaste kunstiga omandab ühe maa kunst selle ainuomase ja iseseisva elu, mida me nimetame rahvuseks”
“kunst on ju üleilmaline ja peab seda olema, ilma et rahvuslikud vaheseinad treda dillutada ja jaotada tohiksid.”
Estonian EDUARD WILDE writer
“art is, and must be, universal – no national walls should be allowed to partition or divide it.”
What wonderful words by these two esteemed authors, and kudos to the sculptor T Kirsipuu for recognizing such a unique opportunity to combine these two like-minded thinkers–though never having met, together eternally in thought and art. I can not resist posting a picture from the Visit Estonia website where the same sculpture sits in front of ‘Café Wilde’.
‘The sculpture… is a fun speculation about literary history. English writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), who was born in Ireland, and Estonian writer Eduard Vilde (1856-1933), both of the same generation, sit on a bench together. Sculptor Tiiu Kirsipuu, who modelled the writers according to photos, has noted that the year she had in mind when she created the sculpture was 1890 when the two Wildes could have met for a witty chat.’
And one more for Ronovan which is not related to the photo….
wedding day Miss has
albums filled with memories,
widowed Mrs’ past
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” –Oscar Wilde