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Munich held the Olympic Games in 1972. The Olympic park is dominated by a hill. This was made from the rubble cleared from the city at the end of WW2.

Olympiapark, Munich

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse18 Feb 2018

Snow, not falling,
Driven hard,
A whirlwind
Caressing the steep slope
Built with the smashed
Remains of a million lives,
Collected and dumped
At the edge of town.

A thickening coat
Of white hides
Grass and cobbles;
But an angular, intrusive,
Corner of a house
Brick protrudes through
The soil, and the winter.

Below, the swimmers
And skaters lap
In trances of concentration,
While the hill stands
Sentinel and witness
In silent warning.