Rotterdam

Red train rested at Rotterdam station
Over the border to meet a friend
Trains all over Europe pass here
Today is a bright and sunny day
Every person glows in its brightness
Realising not a former disaster, that
During the 40's destruction erupted
Along these very streets, evacuated
Murderous bombs wreaking havoc

 

 

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 N.B. It was 14th of May, 1940 when the Luftwaffe decimated the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands, killing 210 soldiers and 940 civilians. Visited a friend in Rotterdam in 1995. It was a wonderful time. Unbeknownst to me at that time, this historical, tragic memory lay underneath its vibrant veneer.

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Kevin Tan

Fri 20th May 2022 10:24

very welcome

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Frederick Kesner

Fri 20th May 2022 03:33

Thanks, Kevin.

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Kevin Tan

Thu 19th May 2022 16:45

Dankjewel. The memory is still very much alive for the people of Rotterdam. I've only lived there for 6 months. But I do appreciate this poem. Truly

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Frederick Kesner

Wed 18th May 2022 23:54

Thanks Nigel, absolutely enjoyed the haiku response. /Frederick.

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Nigel Astell

Wed 18th May 2022 14:01

Rails covered
blood spills
Rotterdam express
no delay.
I always like a story behind a very good poem.

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