Among Strangers . . .

“Germany unnerves me,” I tell him, “but this is Berlin. Berlin’s different.”

“Are you sure about that?” he asks.

“Let me show you,” I say, before taking him to the places I witnessed by myself from the close quarters of a sightseeing van.  There’s the sculpture garden near graffiti-splattered tenements that were home to many of the city’s pre-war Jews.  And the silver-and-gold dome of Berlin’s rebuilt Neue Synagogue, shining like a luminous pearl in the night sky.  And a series of shops and sidewalk cafés that lines the interior of a courtyard once occupied by Jewish laborers, who lived just steps above the textile and paper mills where they worked.

“It’s so alive,” my friend observes, as we wander through the Hof, where young and old are sipping double espressos or slaking their thirsts with pints of local beer.  “That’s what I like . . . all these people.”

I realize then how much I’ve grown to care for this small, eccentric man whose company I’ve kept for a few short days.

 Berlinerstrasse . . .
flowering linden trees fill
the night air

A Hundred Gourds, vol. 1, no. 2, March 2012


About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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2 Responses to Among Strangers . . .

  1. Yousei Hime says:

    I like this very much; it fit my ideas of haibun perfectly. Thank you for your recent visit and follow. I look forward to seeing you.

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