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




 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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