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First Place: The Weekly Poetry Contest #13

Quiet Contemplation

by Sven Kretzschmar
(Schwalbach, Hesse, Germany)
Published October 22, 2017
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Quiet Contemplation

by Sven Kretzschmar

Where the countryside slopes away gently
mile for mile
and fenlands become forests
on a way almost hidden
in the undergrowth
you will reach a small chapel
where on entering as a child
I was instilled with the vast openness
the stained-glass windows brought
to the narrow nave

First bewilderment
followed by
a lifelong exaltation for colours
which nowadays still guides my steps
back on wintry walks
for a rest in the warmth
– a moment of childhood memories
and quiet contemplation
in a soliloquy
only with breathing and self


Biography
Sven is originally from Germany and commutes between there and Ireland.
His poetry has been published in
OTwo, the literary magazine of UCD's The
University Observer
and the catullan; his illustrations have appeared in
Grimwig and Bert Borrone's Perpetual Motion, both by Bert Hornback. He
currently finishes an MLitt in Medical Ethics at University College Dublin and
is the editor of
Think Pieces – Food for Thought. As of late, he started
experimenting with absurd prose works in German.
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