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CHURCH

二月 22, 2019

Photo by Gudrun Kollegger

 

CHURCH

In the middle of the altar
behind and above
is a Chinese center.
Must be a coincidence.
The Middle Kingdom.
Probably some kind of cross.
It’s a big church.
Maybe they even thought of
the big one in Istanbul
where Christianity started
to matter in a very big way
with the first Christian emperor.
Until they destroyed it,
the crusaders
when they sacked
the Eastern beacon
of Christendom.
I wonder what they thought
when they built this big church
in the 19th century
in this worker’s district.
Today
a conference begins
in the Vatican
about rape
and other sexual crimes
perpetrated by priests.
I guess there is hope
right there in the middle.
Let us pray.

MW February 2019

 

Photo by Gudrun Kollegger

 

 

 

MAJORCA

十月 31, 2018

MAJORCA

majorca feels like taiwan
makes me homesick
at one in the morning
some kind of scent, maybe jasmine
rain
we arrive in a rainstorm
lots of rain next day
tired
sky isn’t dark but it rains
and now there is sun
just a little
and it still rains
then it stops for a while
almost

MW October 2018

MAJORCA 2

first snow has fallen
somewhere in the mountains
it’s still october
we hear it on german island news
in a supermarket
also a tree has fallen somewhere
and caused some damage
half of the supermarket is wine
a pirate statue among the bottles
the roman ruins have a good timeline
local culture peaked around 600 bc
then came the romans
then came keith richards
and diego maradona
in between came the arabs not to forget
we ate pizza at the same place
it was really good
after keith or was it ron wood
came everyone else
wifi still doesn’t work
in our apartment
the air-condition-heating
gives me a headache
the air outside must still be wonderful
two girls swam in the pool downstairs today
maybe the rain stopped for 5 minutes
people swam at the beach
of port alcudia
there was a lifeguard
in a raincoat
it’s a beautiful island

MW October 2018

MALLORCA 3

just a little bit of sun
in the afternoon
on our last day
yesterday we climbed the local hill
hope the goats are ok
a little goat slipped and fell
running from us
got up no problem, mama was waiting
I discovered a bird sanctuary
right next to the big local supermarket
maia carved a pumpkin
jackie cooked a good dinner
we had fun, the four of us
I was sick in the night
and in the morning
Leo too, now he’s fine
we are in the hotel
everyone says the rain is too much
at least it’s not like in the east
people died from the floods
here it’s normal I guess
more or less
we have to pack
and leave early tomorrow
when it’s still dark

MW October 2018

 

 

 

 

KINDERARBEIT – 张小云

二月 20, 2018

Zhang Xiaoyun
KINDERARBEIT

In Luang Prabang im Menghe-Hotel abgestiegen,
dann Abendessen im Sichuan-Laden.
Kellner sind hautsächlich Teenagerinnen.
Die Chefin aus Yibing erklärt:
In Laos gibt es überhaupt keine Altersbeschränkung,
also sei das keine
Kinderarbeit.

2018-01-04
Übersetzt von MW im Februar 2018

CHANGE

十一月 4, 2017

Photo by Helmut Forster

CHANGE

i think it would be good if you could
change your country more often
learn hungarian
maybe teach english german chinese
current chinese poetry anything useful
not because you really have to
but in a kind of rotating fashion
then it would also be very good
to be young again
but that happens in dreams
and i’ve had a good life
to change your gender
just for a while
would be interesting too
anyway
a different country
for almost anyone once in a while
not just traveling
would be great
for world peace

so how many things
did genghis khan change
asks my wife

MW November 2017


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