The Net Commandments

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Ok so now

It is time to climb the mountain

and waste away

Japanese style in a culvert,

A cave or a corner.

When now the weight of all

sins falls heavily like

A ton of bricks

Through a rat-chewed Net of frail and aged threads!

 

Ok so now

nobody is listening

or even within earshot

The rats have taken over the world

It is as they have already said

No country for old men.

Well really thumb lick through the pages of history

The rats have always ruled

And dogs lived their

Foretold life.

 

It is strange

They shout spacewards

Is there anybody out there?

While people squirm and starve and shrivel

Under all that spoken drivel!

 

Today if Moses

Climbed up the mountain

He would find a tablet perhaps in a neat box

And perhaps maybe certainly Really

With Netflix and Apple TV!!

Volcanic Anger

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Everyone gets effed up sometime

Even the Earth splits

And spits lava

Such beautiful names-

Vesuvius, Mt. Etna and Hawaii

But wait?

Pompeii?

All over

When will the lava burst? Again

Civilized people are stunned

He’s insane

Families smothered; some make their escape

When I explode.

It takes centuries for civilization to reappear

On these shores!

Oh it is going to be a long wait.

Meanwhile the gossipy archealogists

minerologists and geologists

pick at the safe corners of the blast

mumbling at least it adds to the land mass

Six meters of ashes are hard to come out of

It takes centuries.

No wonder they keep repeating oft

“Don’t blow your top!”

Mystery of the Onion Domes on Munich Towers

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Anyone not familiar with southern Germany and especially Bavaria is surprised by the onion domes on towers in and around Munich and even on churches. These I have found are the remnants of the Austrian empire. They also represent  the victory of the Catholic church over the Protestant. Thus traditional spires are abandoned in favour of the more Russian looking onion domes. The architectural reason given is that onion domes do not gather heavy snow on the dome tops during the winter season.

Source–https://jsah.ucpress.edu/content/40/2/138

onion dome

 

 

3 Very old, very worthwhile churches in Munich

I rushed through Munich recently and found your photographs and write-up very informative about things I had seen but did not have the luck to have a good guide to point out the history and names of the churches.

Tripping Over The World

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Munich’s clock in the middle of town is a big draw. Crowds of tourists cluster together in Marienplatz with necks stretched upward waiting for the elaborate Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) glockenspiel to chime and dance, culminating with a life-sized knight getting knocked off his horse in a joust.

The clock is fun in a “it’s a small world” way and dates from 1908. But in a city with a 1,000 years of history like Munich, there is a lot more to check out, including three must-see churches that are all within a five minute walk of the glockenspiel: Old Peter, Frauenkirche, and St. Peter’s.

Old Peter:

The Church of St. Peter is the oldest church in Munich, and although the current building only dates from the 14th century, this location has been the site of worship since the 8th century. It was built in the pre-Gothic Romanesque style and has a comparatively small nave and low ceilings with small rounded (Romanesque) arches.

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A Violin Blow

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Violin blow

 

The soft breeze

Like the first accidental brush of a bow

On a violin before the go

Of the orchestra!

A gentle purr of a breath

A blow, nature whistles

Just lifts a strand of hair

On her head

And cools her brow’s sweat

Ruffles her collar

I forget summer

And shiver with a vision

Of a cozy winter with her.

 

Fine tuning the dawn

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The first bird of the morning

Whistling and tootling

While fine tuning the dawn

Temperature and colours.

Sqeezy doll sound bird

Another like a night watchman’s weird  whistle.

Dogs yap at the emerging light but

That first bird keeps tootling

A tiny twit of a bird flits past

Sparrow sounds

First milkman

First reverse gear horn

First Crow Caw

Still the tootling

He has not yet perfected the dawn.

Then a loud motor starts

Startling the birds

The spell is broken

The city begins at once

Now is a new

Same anxiety day

A city day

Magic dawn is over!

Land of Beer -Munich, Germany!

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Photo taken near Empress Hotel on WurmTalstrasse! A great hotel with courteous staff and a sumptuous breakfast is included in the room rent. The track beyond the white line is for cyclists who are many in Munich. A few can be seen resting behind the lamposts!

Just back from the land of beer. Mein Gott, sehr gut alles beer!

Had a great time! exploring the city but mostly tasting the beer and the schnitzels!

The restaurants on Leopoldstrasse are superb and one that is very popular is Shere-Punjab! Great kebabs and of course the bar is sumptuous! If you want to get knocked out by ouzos go to Bruskos on the same street. Wunderbar! (Pun intended)

Paulaner beer sign outside Empress Hotel on WurmTalstrasse!Hangover

A Postcard to my friends!

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This is a postcard of appeal. I am an avid news watcher and am really disturbed by the attitude of PrezT regarding immigrants. He has fanned up such hatred that perhaps it might not be easy to stop a conflagration of racial vengeance. I ask my friends who might have been swayed by this demagogue but still think like democratic people to accept all God’s children no matter of what colour as their brothers and sisters.