German Interludes
customs in Berlin
a venomous attitude
is he rude at home?
does he have a family?
has he ever smiled before?

city walking tour
with guide Silke Schlittermann
history unfolds
Topographie des Terrors
timeline of atrocities

don’t get run over
stay aware of where you are
Berlin has bike lanes

car and subway train traffic
street trams and buses fly by

plexiglass in ground
empty bookshelves underneath
remember the fire
“If they’ll burn books, they’ll burn souls”
that’s exactly what they did

quinoa salad
Auf die Hand Feinstes fast food
beet root and edamame
spring mix and small green apple
water to drink with this lunch

black licorice sticks
postcards for all four grandkids
blue Berlin neck scarves
gummy bears and schokolades
Kinder egg with a surprise

swindlers swaggering
Pickpockets people-picking
graffitied buildings
maryjane-berlin dot com
colorful hair and tattoos

white asparagus
in season six weeks in spring
buttery in soup
never seen the light of day
green above ground, white below

Weidendammer Bridge
lovers’ names engraved on locks
fastened to the rails
authorities cut the locks
the love they symbolize lives
-Kim Johnson

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