I took a jaunt to Bavaria once,
American soldiers on the flight to Frankfurt,
the train south to Munich,
more American soldiers,
and then to Partenkirchen - Garmisch Partenkirchen,
a ski resort I had seen once on a poster
the facades of the churches and pensions
frescos of the nativity and other religious scenes
all very catholic
I found a cheaper chalet
with turquoise shutters and chocolate brown facade
ski hills in the background
original art in the hallways
had lunch at the train station with East Germans
content to stay in East Germany
as pensioners they were free to travel now
One day a trip to mad King Ludwigâ��s castle
the castle rising out of the snow-enchanted forest
like a fairy tale
some Wagnerian chimera
it was as if the gods
knew we were coming
the beauty a shock,
the fir trees heavy with snow
their branches like white antlers
so that one could not help but marvel
seduced and hypnotized
by the stupendous dream.
The stupendous teutonic dream
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