Tag Archives: Modern History

The Dust Bowl

The names and their faces
those times and their places,
the rundown rail depot
from where the last westbound left
in that dry-cracked goodbye summer
when water was heaven
and wells coughed their
grinding choking echo,
dust for a future
that had yet to be;
In those places and their times
heavy inked portraiture faces
made indistinguishable by
careless careworn thumb and fingers
of the ones chosen to
witness their passing,
so that records were kept
for whoever would come after
to research rediscover
those times and their places,
shrouded names and their faces
down by the rail depot
in that dry-cracked summer
when the westbound whistled its goodbye.

Last Christmas ( 1961 )

Sepia hued

smoke-filled aroma

of spicy gingerbread,

pervasive odours

of holly,ivy

and mulled wines;

infusing kitchen,scullery

and dining room,

evoking a childhood

with their forgotten

boxed presents

under the enormous

seasonal bough,

its array of

waxen lights

twinkling,twinkling

long into memory

and myth;

the greetings

and the joy

in Alpine setting

of hearth

and ” Heimat ”

Advent,Christkindl

and ” Stillenacht “;

their longing

recalled by chance,

by stray snatch

of melody,

returning,returning

to an innocence lost,

to a card once

annotated

“frohe weihnachten,A.E.”

now,here,

now in a place

where that birth happened

but no longer counts,

A.E.

Prisoner,

Adolf Eichmann.

(*Footnote:Notorious Nazi War criminal Adolf Eichmann was abducted by Israeli Mossad agents from Argentina and was put on trial on December 15 1961 in Israel)