Königsplatz

 

konigsplatz

 

The central square

Adorned with temples

Of Greco-Roman elegance

 

Their neo-classical

Reliefs triumphant

With celebrated men

 

None could imagine

The panorama of despair

That would surround this place

 

Its simple clean lines

Scribing the hate

That led to cleansing

 

A world of class, of culture

Resounding to a symphony

Of marching feet

  

Along its extended boulevards

Across the landscape of Europe

A different empire to create

 

One orchestrating glories

In a history revised

To the echoes of Wagner

 

I close my eyes to the pain

My ears blocked to the cries

Buried in the winds of change

 

And I walk through your past

Now softened by the curve and arc

Of unfolding fields and ways

 

On this brighter day

There’s a better future, one hopes

The same mistakes will not be made

 

 © Mark Davoren 2016

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