All posts by Klaus J. Gerken

Johntext Author Klaus J. Gerken is the founder of Ygdrasil - A Journal of the Poetic Arts - established in 1993.

Waiting

Klaus J. Gerken

waiting for what
for the end to come
remember barbara
in brest that day
the rain caught us
unexpected in a downpour
strangers meeting
randomly in a random street
that was a kind of waiting
waiting for the rain to stop
the war to end
we were all tired
two strangers huddled together
by happenchance
do you remember barbara
it was so long ago
so very far away
prevert wrote a poem about it
you were wearing a heavy shawl
and carrying a basket of baguettes
my raincoat was heavy from the rain
and the water dripped from my hat
you seemed a bit embarrassed
that a stranger should join you suddenly
and you let out a little gasp
do you remember barbara
i cannot forget
when the soldiers came
and just before they took you away
never to be seen again
you called to me
my name is barbara
remember me
they let me go because i was german
soon the rain stopped
and i went on my way
to a little bistro right around the corner
to meet a friend
did they take her
yes they took her
let’s eat
we leave for berlin tonight

kjg 439pm 14 nov 2014

Justice

Klaus J. Gerken

the statutes of deliverance don’t move
they are solid forms like marble angels
in the vatican proud to be on display
only the devil can bring them to life

there is no such thing as understanding
there is only the interpretation
the simple fool will laugh at anything
the madman laughs at nothing

the presumption of innocence is not a fact
but a false accusation
the cup is passed from mouth to mouth

in the wild hemlock grows and is not poison
only laws can make it poison
and there is no substitution for deliverance

kjg 517pm 14 nov 2014

Bitter

 

Klaus J. Gerken

ah i see so many out there
who don’t understand
i am afraid for the world
it’s out of control
the republicans have the senate
and obama’s drowning on appeal
the slaughter of innocents continues
and fear is rampant everywhere
the beautiful people are all gone
or have become slaves of the dalai lama
i am not one to offer a solution
if a song would do i’d gladly sing it
but i am old and wrinkled
and youth must plow the soil themselves
to plant the seeds of tomorrow
there is nothing more for me to say
the truth i have discovered no one wants to hear
and that’s a blessing in disguise
for those who take comfort in the wise

kjg 450am 7 nov 2014

Klaus J. Gerken is on Facebook. Contact him on kgerken@synapse.net and read latest poems in Ygdrasil – a Journal of the poetic Arts.

remembered 1970 moment

Klaus J. Gerken

she said no it wasn’t that way
i said yes it was i was there
she said you are wrong in your opinion
i said i couldn’t be why are you grinning
she said boys are like toys
and the serious ones melt like molasses
i said c’mon now it can’t that bad
maybe we both need new glasses

the november cold wind
blasted rain ‘gainst the pane
and the windows just rattled
perhaps it was clear
we weren’t so dear
after all we both claimed the lost battle

she said yes as i tied my loose shoe
i said no i’m not leaving without it
she threw a big book at the wall take a look
i said no i don’t have to i wrote it
she said men are absurd
they think they control the whole masses
i said really now what can be done
and walked out before the smoke turned to ashes

the november cold wind
blasted rain ‘gainst the pane
and the windows just rattled
perhaps it was clear
we weren’t so dear
after all we both claimed the lost battle

kjg 1247am 7 nov 2014

Klaus J. Gerken is on Facebook Contact him on kgerken@synapse.net and read latest poems in Ygdrasil – a Journal of the poetic Arts.

I can’t sleep

Klaus J. Gerken

the merry-go-round makes me dizzy
the clowns are like wolverines
the messengers of destruction
flap their golden wings
the walls are flames of madness
dragons of effort reveal their shape
to the savage mind delivered
upon the altar or the stake
i do not tremble without endeavour
i know the future well
it is hollow and it strangles
what professes to be a path
past the graves of time’s repast
nightmares need no sleep to last

kjg 544am 6 nov 2014

Klaus J. Gerken is on Facebook. Contact him on kgerken@synapse.net and read latest poems in Ygdrasil – a Journal of the poetic Arts.

Poem Without A Title

An excerpt from my poem Poem Without A Title has been published in the Café Review 2014 Fall Issue:

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Our Fall 2014 Issue is now available featuring poetry by Kristin Agudelo, Justen Ahren, Jayne Benjulian, Hamish Danks Brown, Jim Bishop, William Carpenter, Jack Collom, David Filer, Klaus Gerken, Carolyn Gelland, Marie Harris, Bruce Holsapple, Gary Lawless, Carl Little, Steve Luttrell, Mark Melnicove, Kendall Merriam, Wesley McNair, Justin Patrick Moore, Jessica Purdy, Joe Richey, Russ Sargent and Dana Wilde.

It also features artwork from Sebastian Matthews, Steven J. Priestley, Eero Ruuttila, and Charter Weeks and reviews by Bruce Spang, Kristen Stake and Kevin Sweeney.

http://www.thecafereview.com/

Klaus J. Gerken is on Facebook
Contact him on kgerken@synapse.net and read latest poems in Ygdrasil – a Journal of the poetic Arts.

The Library and Archives Canada

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As every issue has been every month since 2000, the November 2014 issue of Ygdrasil has now been archived by the Library and Archives Canada:

http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/201/300/ygdrasil/index.html

Klaus J. Gerken is on Facebook
Contact him on kgerken@synapse.net and read latest poems in Ygdrasil – a Journal of the poetic Arts.

Fragment

Klaus J. Gerken

the mind grows weak the body trembles
and the heart pounds heavy on the anvil
of inception nowhere does it say of course
the shrapnel of deliverance enters where
the wound reveals itself in all it’s glory
the fire rages through the human sacrifice
horrific in the jungle of regret
i have done nothing i have done nothing
i have lost the bet constrained by always
walking on the quicksand of an opportunity
to run and hide and shackle wrists and feet
to an oak and pray for sustenance from
gods too firm in the belief separation
ritual does not conquer where the devil hides

kjg 1252am 4 nov 2014

Klaus J. Gerken is on Facebook. Contact him on kgerken@synapse.net and read latest poems in Ygdrasil – a Journal of the poetic Arts.