Saturday Morning Open Thread

Good morning.

This morning, we’ve got an original poem from AMERICAblog reader Timothy Beauchamp aka cowboyneok. Tim also blogs at Pink Panthers Blog. In 2001, the Smithsonian included one of Tim’s poems in an exhibit on submarines. Today’s poem is about Tim’s experience passing through the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.


Brandenburg Gate

Felt the weight
Of Countless
Souls shifting
Glimmer past
Felt the snare
Of winter
Guns blasting
Summers past
No papers produced
No questions asked
Or bullet torn
Ragged death
Earth’s Foundations shake
Walking through
Brandenburg Gate
The press of souls
Slide me through
an hour glass
Hunger on faces
Blisters on feet
Back forth
Never complete
Not all
Complacent smiles
Smug faces
Casting Three o’clock
Shadows at noon
Soldiers march
Boots crackle
Rhythm precision
From both sides
I saw Jews
Eyes silent
No ears
Mouths gaping and
Pasted Holocaust grins
Earth’s Foundations shake
Walking through
Brandenburg Gate
And I looked back
Waiting for God
Fearing for God
And prayed
For Victoria
To remain sentinel
Witness us glow
Below her chariot
Every facet
Dark sparkle
Stared Ost
And trembled
Earth’s Foundations shake
Walking through
Brandenburg Gate

Thanks for sharing this with us, Tim. Also, in keeping with the theme, here’s a picture John took back in December of 1989, right after the Berlin Wall fell:

Now, get threading…

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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