Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

A Passing - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

Maples, proudly
scarlet leaves,
in brazen wind.

An icy prominence,
he shuffles
down the path,
well-lined by
powdered birches.

No sound is heard,
a prickly feeling
of melancholy happiness
engulfing gently
his frail physique.

Yes, 'Welcome',
the word
slips easily
off bluish lips
as solitude now beckons
and offers up
a bed of moss
to rest a little while.

It was a miracle
that, strangely,
he had reached
down here
on earth
his paradise.

Comments about A Passing by Herbert Nehrlich

  • (11/15/2005 5:17:00 AM)

    I found this to be very touching Herbert. Great poem. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

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  • (11/15/2005 4:06:00 AM)

    a fine exploration of where
    to look
    where to find
    and how we're all bound
    to this whirling planet and that's a good thing
    a strong delicate poem
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  • (11/15/2005 3:28:00 AM)


    I fell asleep after A...
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  • (11/15/2005 3:17:00 AM)

    This is such a cool poem Herbert! That last stanza is so encouraging to all of us, not quite believers in Heaven on earth. 10 from a firm believer Tai (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 15, 2005

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