Thursday, 26 February 2015

Over the Border

Liege’s houses – redbrick lines
My empty carriage slowly climbs
Somewhere soon we reach the border
Efficient bridges, roads in order.

Imperceptible at first
A station sign; wind turbines burst
Upon a landscape flat and neat
Farms with solar panels greet -

Our eyes as sunshine strikes the panes
So much to see – I do love trains!
Aix-la-Chapelle (now known as Aachen):
The carriage fills – travellers darken

Armed with rucksacks – all aboard!
I’m encircled by a German horde.
My fellow traveller, young, fat knees
Must love his food – no Hercules!

Cologne cathedral – proud, iconic
Symbolises style Teutonic.
Past vast constructions Wirtschaftswunder
Flows the River Rhine in splendour.

Leafy glades, allotments, lakes
Tennis courts and factory gates.
While on a hillside, gleaming gold
Baroque church towers now unfold...

(c) Poet in the woods 2015

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