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Schliersee, Oberbayern, February 2021

The Ruin in the Wood

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse15 Feb 2021

The snowfield climbs slowly to the forest
sparkling with shattered diamond
in the breath-hazed air.

The shadows of the trees stripe the hillside,
sharp-defined spaces between darkness
and brilliant sunshine,

Despair in the gaps between hope,
or perhaps the other way round.
Up the hill my boots

Sink into the snow and round the bend
of the path suddenly
a large mound of concrete

Stands sprouting birches, monumental,
a wartime relic, its black metal door
closed and locked.