Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cold War Germany


source  ~ photos Pete Jeary


gas lamps
glow at dusk
casting Bonn
in a pool of yellow light 
reality, camouflaged

gas lamps
glow at dusk
a flickering show of light
solidarity, as they wait
for the Wall to fall



11 comments:

  1. And wasn't that a wonderful moment? A moment that for a time seemed an impossible dream. (I have a piece of the old Berlin Wall, sent me by a friend from Germany!)

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  2. This is just lovely. It builds like a fairy tale. It some ways, at the time, it almost felt as though it was.

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  3. A great capture of a great moment in history Helen. I like "flickering light show of solidarity"-a country coming back to life. Great times.

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  4. gas lamp light has such a romantic feel about it to me...germany is on my list of places to visit...i like the nod toward solidarity in the second part as well helen...

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  5. Love that imagery...

    "casting Bonn
    in yellow
    pools of light .. "

    And the wall/fall sound pairing...poignant images conjured well, Helen.

    Thank you for writing!

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  6. That's such a cool picture, Helen!

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  7. Waiting for the next wall to go up somewhere?

    Blessings an Bear hugs!

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  8. I remember when JFK stood by the wall and spoke....and then I remember that moment when the wall finally came down....wonderful poem Helen. Have a very cool weekend!

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  9. And what a moment it was....thanks for letting me relive the moment

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  10. Although there are still some gas lamps burning in nearby Medicine Hat, Alberta, Hannah's mention of gas lamps made me think of the song "The Old Lamplighter"...I loved the lyrics when I was a little girl.
    I like your mention of the wall falling. My brother went to Germany to work on a project in the early 1990s and said there was still a distinct difference between the two parts of the city, but it was gradually disappearing. He worked in one side and lived in the other, although I forget which.
    K

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  11. Helen, lovely painting of words and an epic part of history. Beautifully written :-)

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