boats paddle steamers
out of oblivion,
about with the rivers
a deadend riddle
for stagnant waters
muddled up
in rust.


Level B1 Threshold

Grammar makes sense
For everyone but the mother tongue
What else now?
Let's suppose you don't know
What you are speaking of
While blabbering in wonder
Whose soap box
has been found and then lost?
and Where and How and
This is the meaning of
Get something across

Cold Stream

Snow hails the shoreline
tucking its blanket
for Her Majesty Foam
Heal-all through the tempest
while a Blizzard
Far, in the mainland
There where morning hoar-frost
Scared by the upcoming Storm
Who's coming next?
Stiff breeze sails the Vessel
Like it did for those wandering trees
whipped by the Wind
for leaving behind what they got
The state that they were in, lost
On the white-covered coast
Bones of a sunken Wish
Some dressed up icy cellars
calling them Home
let bygones be bygones.


Legitimation Attempt

Shot calls shot
No matter what came first
Forgotten fist, unstable brick
So long
Demolished fault, cause and effect
Twin tipped speech
Keep on
Turning the tables to throw them



Black hole, white spot, minuses and don'ts
Their sum makes no plus
Definitely not
We hereby inform you on the status quo
Sirs, what we got is widely known
as insolvency
it occurs when you won't get neither
your money back nor currency bonds
as long as one can live as far as we can see
You will owe something to yourselves
That's default, a national moan
afore-mentioned and uneasy to blame
Though we accept your proper disdain
No need to argue, we're right, we're unfair
Attention please:
the protest will cease in five minutes.


Ice Cubes

Reflecting you attracting me
Rejecting both
Defrosted, defeated
Odd numbers made even
in each single cast
of those dice you earned
Gambling for free
Below stalagmites served on the rocks
Six serial icebergs
Sold as painkillers dot com


Gustaw Herling - Inny świat (A World Apart)

Rating 7.6

This is one of those books which not only should but might deserve to be more widely known.

The first account of "Russian labour camps" I read so far in which the author not only writes about what he survived to, but tries to put it in a larger historical context.
Of course Herling was helped in this task by the fact that his isolation was awful but not as endless as the one of Salamov and Solzenicyn, but still he did an extraordinary job.

At the same time he had the humility of reckoning that the Hell he was put into by fate was a better one compared to the atrocities of the Kolyma.
The passage in which Herling says that he later understood how being sent to the Kolyma for the people "working" in his camp sounded like being sent to Auschwitz for the prisoners of Nazi lagers is astonishing.

One of the many unforgettable lines I already found:

"We can say that the Revolution really overthrew the former order of things. Once slaves were thrown to lions. Now lions are thrown to slaves".