Beautiful Brutal Berlin by Jonathan Beale

After David Bowies time in Berlin

…and then there where Hero’s
Nihilistic air here leads to a weird
And bizarre nihilistic fantasy

Space and stability from the low
To Berlin the city of brinks
Its architecture bred and bled

Berlin: written in every shade of grey
As their life blood slips along its veins
Barely noticed in silent horizon

This bullet strewn home walled city
Where heroes sprung from and
Raw flamboyancy against

The humdrum and the mundane
Here, in this colourless place
Still beats the relentless road

In a world of imminent dome
Like a strange and weird living room
Decorated in Egyptian Mysticism

Finding Doheney Drive the place
Where without, as they say ‘Berlin is
a skeleton which aches in the cold’

“It is my own skeleton aching” knowing
You can never absolutely say
Goodbye to Berlin

Seeing scribed on the wall
‘Change your Life, Learn Peace, Death to mediocrity’
We rode our bikes and gulped down the air

Iggy Pop on his Leopard skin bike
“Only here – enough to make us live
Berlin the city for me, the city of brinks”

In a moment’s thought as Otto Mueller’s
Lovers between the Garden Walls after WW1
And ‘Heroes’ sprang to the fore perhaps.

…and then… there were the…”Hero’s….”

Jonathan Beale
Jonathan Beale has poems published in Penwood Review, Danse Macabre, Poetic Diversity, Down in the Dirt, Mad Swirl, Deadsnakes, Bitchin Kitsch, Pyrokinection, Ygdrasil, Van Gogh’s Ear, The Beatnik Cowboy, The Jawline Review, Bluepepper, Jellyfish Whispers, The Outsider, and Yellow Mama. His work has appeared in such books as ‘Drowning’ (Scar publications) and ‘The Poet as Sociopath’ (Scar publications). He is currently working on his second volume. His first collection of poetry ‘The Destinations of Raxiera’ is published by Hammer & Anvil. He studied philosophy at Birkbeck College London and lives in Surrey England.

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