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Deutscher Tag nach Seiner Wahl


A cold German morning;

The day had just broken

So, too, the news —

But who would have known

Under the cover of

Teutonic clouds and

crowds, die es gar nicht juckt?


I walked into the valley

shaken yet in calm.

Thoughts streamed like Abgas, then,

from the tailpipes of cars:

Mercedes, VWs, und 

Citybuses passing

by Friedrich-Ebert Platz.


Certainly, one could say,

Threadbare comparisons

to demagogues of old

were mere Übertreibung,

and crassness never did

draw blood. But who could say

What would become when hypotheticals reify into declarations?


To learn what becomes of

Hate reflected back on

the marginalizers

become marginalized

and the subsequent, dark

hypocrisy that brews

unrecognized in shatter-

ed Amerika…


—Charles, 9 Nov. 2016, Heidelberg


Friedrich-Ebert Platz, Heidelberg, Germany. The square, located on the south side of the city, is named after the first President of Germany, who was born in Heidelberg and held high office from 1919 until 1925.