At late morning

His sorting letters completed

As an envisaged task

The poet meets his spouse

At a coffee shop downtown

A short walk away.

In spite of differences

He supports his spouse

With company and shared

Food will taste that much


People rush past the huge


Overlooking Rotenturmstraße

Foreigners. Visitors. Tourists

Pass like the salmon swimming

Upstream in Canada

But not stopped here by

Hindrances –

In spite of revamping the

Famous shopping street

Amidst fine dust from digging

And offloading sand and stone

For prepping the sublayers

To take new flagstones –

Well-fed people.

Sexy teens in their short cut

Short jeans.

Bearded fellows.

Head-scarfed women.

Short dresses.

Floor-long dresses.


Groups of tourists from the

Far East

Unperturbed by the noisy

And dusty building activities.




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