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Hindenburg in his declining years

came often, old Prussian as he was,

to soften the hardness, tamp down

his fears. He was so old, near death.


Each gasping breath brought pain:

He, first to know his time was over,

knew that the War had been long ago

but that the politics would remain.


I imagine him in this Bavarian setting,

the low green slopes and distant mountains,

cap-doffings in the street, “Gruess Gott!”

The greetings of God, Herr Feldmarschall!


His steps would have taken him to the church

which stands still now at the bottom of a hill,

and he would have gone in, the Old Junker,

sweeping aside sectarian differences.


Bavarians were well known for being Catholic,

soft and fond of beer. It took Prussian steel

to instill real fear of God! Pause in the annex:

Fallen for Germany, 241 names, this small town.


Slightly abashed, the Field Marshall proceeds.

The main door is opened and glory explodes:

there is no other word, all is white and gold

and decorative and completely unrestrained!


This is the 18th century brought to life again:

baroque, rococo, architecture possibly designed

by pastry chefs, inedible incredible swirls of plaster.

The Field Marshall blinks once, twice. He smiles.

Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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The serene splendour of the church and reverence of a grand old man each in their own way denote the end of a bygone age.

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Frank E Gibbard

A rare specimen Bren in which you glad-hand a subject lovingly, very refreshing I found it, and the picture matches your deft decription like the confection it is literally compared with, an ornate wedding cake by the look of it, indeed.

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What a picture with a grandiose poem to match. All of it together takes me there.


I like how you include pictures with some of your poems. Some people would take issue with this, but I see it all as a complete work. The picture complements the poem like album art and printed lyrics complement a sound recording of a musical composition. Sure, people can download mp3 files and merely listen, but they can also download the album art. It's still around and serves a purpose.


Tony :smile:

Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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