"Berlin" Berlin by MD2nd

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This is a parting full of banners:
the blue of plum and apple's green.
The garden hoists the aster's scanners
and thousand mullins shine between.

This is a parting full of brasses,
of giving thanks, of peasant balls.
With cowbells chiming, from the grasses
the motley herds march to their stalls.

This is a parting full of fragrance,
of ancient smells again revealed:
the jams' and jellies' boiling cadence,
the roasting taters in the field.

This is a parting full of hustle,
of spits with chickens, steins with stout.
The giant swings to heaven bustle,
but may not prove enough devout.

The starlings start their fall migration
and gossamer floats in the winds.
A loud and silent separation:
the carousels are in rotation
and what seems gone again BEGINS.
-Translation by Walter A. Aue


Das ist ein Abschied mit Standarten
aus Pflaumenblau und Apfelgruen.
Goldlack und Astern flaggt der Garten,
und tausend Koenigskerzen gluehn.

Das ist ein Abschied mit Posaunen,
mit Erntedank und Bauernball.
Kuhglockenläutend ziehn die braunen
und bunten Herden in den Stall.

Das ist ein Abschied mit Geruechen
aus einer fast vergessenen Welt.
Mus und Gelee kocht in den Kuechen.
Kartoffelfeuer qualmt im Feld.

Das ist ein Abschied mit Getuemmel,
mit Huhn am Spieß und Bier im Krug.
Luftschaukeln moechten in den Himmel.
Doch sind sie wohl nicht fromm genug.

Die Stare gehen auf die Reise.
Altweibersommer weht im Wind.
Das ist ein Abschied laut und leise.
Die Karussells drehn sich im Kreise.
Und was vorüber schien, BEGINNT.
-Erich Kaestner


Erich Kaestner was born February 23, 1899 in Dresden. He studied German, history, philosophy, and theater at the universities in Leipzig, Rostock, and Berlin beginning in 1920. In Berlin he worked as a professional writer. He was one of the most famous German authors, screenplay writers, and satirists of the 20th century. Kaestner opposed the Nazi regime in Germany. Unlike many of his fellow authors critical of the dictatorship, Kaestner did not emigrate.. Fanatic mobs burnt Kaestner's books during the book burnings of 1933. Erich Kaestner died on July 29, 1974, in Munich.


My favorite children's book was Kaestner's in 1932 written The 35th of May, set in a fantasy land reached via a wardrobe from which C. S. Lewis may have got the idea for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe.

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  • Cons:Loudy-crowdy here and there.
  • In a nutshell:Make yourself familiar with the angels, behold them frequently in spirit, for without being seen they are present with you (St. Francis de Sales).
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    Your pages are delightful, heartfelt and appreciated. Sunshine, another excellent tour and page!

  • Roadquill's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Never thought about totems in Oregon, just thought it was natural since coastal Washington and Vancouver Island have so much. I had great time in Berlin last year. Karl

  • Tom_In_Madison's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2011 at 6:17 AM

    Yes, and what a fine job you are doing! You can do my leaves when you're done with yours. Berlin has a boat-hostel too. If I ever go here that's where I'd stay.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2010 at 6:50 AM

    Great that you started your Berlin page with a poem by Erich Kästner & a tribute to him. Last year we went to a Kästner evening at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt performed by actor Walter Sittler, who is now one of the leaders of the Stuttgart 21 protests.

  • GrantBoone's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2010 at 5:39 AM

    The Uncle Sam cafe!!! Now Ive seen everything!! Great page!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    good local info - wish we had known a bit more about some shopping before we visited.

  • alancollins's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Hi Maria. As an apprentice I visited the Guinness Brewery many moons ago. They also brew Harp Lager so called because of the Guinness Harp. Alan

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2010 at 3:28 AM

    What a delightful page. The restaurant tips are really good with such variety. Loved hearing about the "shaved ice" flavors. Yum. So good to "see" you online again. It's been so long since I've communicated.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2009 at 8:12 AM

    My kids alaso love this Build-A-Bear workshop...thta;'s a nice poem you have - is that pic with u and your baby? Would love to visit Berlin someday - I am also a chocoholic, hehehe - will have to visit Hussel, Norman :)

  • Balam's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    We have a build a Bear in Manchester !!


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