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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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P306

                     Americana

 Oh you are fine? How nice of you.
And all is fine at home, how nice.
The children fine and sweet and nice,
all functions well like the machine,
And Sundays you kneel in the pew -
God is fine, too.

And our well chosen politician -
how tough his job, how sweet his smiles,
the cocktail parties, airplane trips
and tender-fingered secretaries,
and, above all, his White House vision -
Oh holy mission!

Wave the star-spangled flag, my son,
the school and television teach
you fifty words, more you don't need.
Let three words be your life and soul,
they'll make your heart beat fast, feet run:
"Money, icebox, fun!"

And our American lifestyle, O brother
Suicidal-type behavior smiles,
the President smiles, the surgeon smiles,
the hospital smiles, no more room to die.
The pill smiles, too. Who wants to be a mother?
How we love each other!

Come food-geared tongues, lust evermore.
The time is short, warns your Near-East.
Your black-skinned folks sweat out "How nice!"
Your atom loves the terrorist.
Too long life was your smiling whore:
Justice knocks at your door.

                                    William Hermanns [P306]
     

Note:  P306. Americana, October 1980, rev. 850629.  The essay Is  the Boat Sinking is an introduction to the poem.

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