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To My Neighbor


I lift you higher,
lift you out
of your body cells
stuffed with anxiety
of your past -
an evil load that smells.

I'll fill each cell
with love and joy
that makes the
angels dance.
You'll glide through earthly
filth and stench -
a spiritual trance.

From your youth filled eyes,
your hands
and feet,
a holy peace shall flow,
so you and I
be filled with grace -
let us be still
and know.

William Hermanns
[P527]

Seelentränen


Seelentränen sind Gedichte,
rot mit Herzblut aufgeschrieben,
tiefem Menschenleid zum Ruhm,

Lies sie still in reinem Lichte,
unbeschattet,
frei von Trieben:
Du betrittst ein Heiligtum.


Wilhelm Hermanns
[G001]




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 P262

                    To a Boy

Three words ransack the homes:
money, icebox, fun —
words chained to greed and lust,
mentality of the gun.

You in backyard corner
gave flowers a sunlit start.
Cement was put on top,
no love hedged in your heart.

Is this a Christian home,
this desert of concrete,
where cocktail flowers grow,
and sullen neighbors meet?

The children's icebox mouth
and icebox looks like a purple bowl,
but parents have no time
to feed their heart and soul.

The loneliness of love
makes the belonging wilt,
A stranger in his home,
the child feeds secret guilt.

And guilt makes guilt its heir,
begets a karmic curse —
children’s children,
guns fill a nation's hearse.

This visitation wheel,
you, young friend, stopped its turn--
built for yourself a world
no hell fire can burn.

Your search stopped at my home,
Made it a garden shrine
with spiritual flowers --
your inner light can shine.

                            William Hermanns    [P262]

Note:  ~1973 After a visit to the author's student's family, observing the family dynamics with his younger siblings still living at home, and also hearing of the student's early age disappointment at the loss of a backyard garden to a cement court.

       

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