Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

Alptraum - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

Under the mistletoe,
a hundred yards below
King Ludwig's castle,
she lay, mortally wounded
and moaning softly,
among the Southern Birch.

She had encountered him,
the razorback of Steinbach,
outside of breeding season
yet still the mad and manic boar
who'd kill just for the heck of it.

Both eyes were sticking shut,
from blood and salty tears,
but with an effort, 'twas her last,
she saw the twinkle of a star,
it seemed to shine up there
like gold and silver promises,
exclusively for her.

And for so many minutes,
she waited for that kiss,
but this small mistletoe,
bred in the snow-capped Alps
was, like the Lederhosenman,
a friendly renegade.

Comments about Alptraum by Herbert Nehrlich

  • (12/17/2005 9:00:00 PM)

    Very intense poem...bad way to go. (Report) Reply

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  • Cj Heck (12/17/2005 8:43:00 AM)

    Very powerful, Herbert. Wild boars are very mean - what an awful way to die.
    I enjoyed reading this one.
    Warmest regards and respect,
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  • (12/17/2005 4:40:00 AM)

    Lovely use of metaphor Herbert. My impression is that this concerns yearning for an image (of a person) and that image turns out to be misreprentative. That you chose to use the mistletoe either as in it's traditional modern day use (a very shrewd move for this time of year) or as the ingredient in a pagan love potion, is very imaginative (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 17, 2005

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