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October, 2004 - Nr. 10


The Editor
Saving Summer
Zurich Connection
From the Lockerroom
Rachel Seilern
Wins Accolades
Germanica 2004
A New Low
Boost for German Studies
German School Starts
KW & Beyond
Steuben Parade
Dick reports...
At the Oktoberfest
Cinematheque Ontario
War Through Eyes of Children
From the Side Lines
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
Health Newsletter
Future Digital Photography
Competing for Oscar
Orchestra Toronto
Canadian Opera Company
"Timeless Broadway"
"Anne Frank" Review
Praise for Beethoven
Brücke nach Rügen
American Travel...
Deutsche Welt Allianz
Bundespräsident Horst Köhler
Angry German Vote
"Lebkuchen" or Gingerbread
Hydrogen Powered Racer
Consumer Confidence Up
World Cup Boon to Travel
World Cup Poster
Agentur für Deutsch


Saving Summer

Since Equinox the days are getting shorter
noticeably and flowers fight for one last bloom,
one last stand to ward off autumn.
Courageously they stick their buds and blossoms
out towards a weakened sun, hanging askew
and far away in a much paler sky.
And when the rain comes streaming down
in sheets of sheer but solid wetness
their heads hang sad and heavy
like slaves awaiting punishment
towards a soaked and cold and used up ground.
Petals fall onto the golden leafs
of mighty sugar maples standing tall
with coloured foliage and blackened trunks.
And then a sweet and gentle wind strokes
quietly across the battered land,
dries tenderly the heavy drops from
bending stems and laden flower heads.
Bees appear, perhaps for one last time,
to drink their fill of nectar sweet and sticky.
The sun leaves earlier yet at every evening
And shows up later every coming dawn.

Sybille, late September 2002


Copyright ©2004 Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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