Tan Ma

Falling In Love At Heidelberg - Poem by Tan Ma

Soon we’d hide from yesterday’s news
Leave them all behind to drown in each other’s sweet-felt words
Words they secretly wish would reach their ears, love
They never would have thought existed

And in some romanticized German town, Heidelberg I suppose
We’d wander about multicolored houses with classic dormer windows and flower boxes,
Market squares, children, bicycles, chocolate shops, aged statues, cobble-stone streets and
Love filled cafés—tables filled with town news, cigars and poetry

Jazz filled air through the Philosopher’s Walk, pass street musicians
We’d trod on repeated verses like how Rizal, Twain, Schumann, Goethe,
Longfellow, Ginsberg and many others fell in love with the city
Just as dazed and drunken as we are now

For we could lock ourselves in museums and get lost in paintings
Oh, I could while away in photography while you scribble love and some verses
As we capture the euphoria of students hanging out on the grass by the water during breaks
Or lovers shying away from each others eyes in that Old Bridge Gate
We’ll be married in our hearts and fall in love every time

Yes soon enough, we shall surpass this long wait and escape from the schadenfreudes in
This country that only we think of as a romantic place
But once you hear those carefully lain truths, those which I felt I’ve wasted into the air,
We’ll know were ready

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 12, 2008

Poem Edited: Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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