Birgit Bunzel Linder

Freshman - 526 Points (Oberhausen, Germany)

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Birgit Linder was born and raised in Oberhausen, an industrial city in the Ruhr Valley. She left Germany in the 1980s, and has since lived in Taiwan, China, America, and now in Hong Kong.
Her life is marked by frequent moves and many travels, and by inscriptions from different places, cultures, and people, which also transpire in her first collection Shadows in Deferment, for which she won ... more »

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Best Poem of Birgit Bunzel Linder

A Quiet Life

Today we walked out of our dream
to sit on the brown bench again,
right across the bare white rocks
that soften the sea.
A summer evening
when we are both quiet,
entranced by the colors of the six o’clock sun
that flicker over the ocean,
mesmerized by the inaudible life
that hangs in the air.
When leaves rustle in the breeze
you whisper, “I think it is a poem.”
“It came like water, and like wind it goes, ”
I whisper back.
Far away, a sail silently glides from east to west.
I look at you and smile.
Our hearts, too, once crossed over
from one...

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