VOICES OF THE KINDER

Winton Train Sept. 1st-4th 2009 (Kindertransport revisited )

by Tom Berman

 

Smelling again 
the steam train smells
soot coming in the window
as we cross the landscapes
of  the Czech lands,
woods and rolling fields

to Nürnberg 
of dark memories;
the Rhineland-
and a choir of kinder
singing: Kde moj dom….

to Cologne;
along the level plains
of Holland 

night crossing
to Harwich
with English gulls 
screeching
as our train
pulls out of the platform
the Fens and
coming at last
steam wreathed
to Liverpool St. Station
 
Inspired by Good
a voyage reenacted
passing on the message
to a younger generation
 
So many stories
trajectories of lives 
scattered
chance coincidences
punctuated 
with jazz sessions
by the Hottentots
much laughter, tears
and a kaleidoscope 
of memories shared
 
old friendships found
and new bonds made

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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