The other day, the following appeared on the comments page from Meike Trenkel in Germany:

“I was touched very deeply by the SZ article and your work. I was born and grew up in the GDR (East Germany) and I know the feeling of life under a dictatorship very well. It damages everything…

“And the dark horrible shadows of the Nazi regime — they are still here. So we must stand together, support and help each other in love. Thank you very much, and sunny spring wishes from Germany. –Meike.”


Most days come
along like a child
kicking a stone
down an alley
or like the way
the mail lies
in the mailbox,
flag up.  But
sometimes as
you wander into
some old words,
you feel yourself
gliding on the morning,
maybe looking back
over your shoulder.

–Jack Ridl

Will be published in Saint Peter and the GoldfinchWayne State University Press, 2019

NOTE: An English translation of the article from SZ  (Sueddeutsche Zeitung ) noted above is on its way!

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6 thoughts on “Likely

  1. Spring entered our garden in the suburbs of Cologne. It must have been the tender flap of a butterfly from Lake Michigan that warmed up the air. Or- the version I prefer- the flap of your poetry paper. Reading your blog lightens up thursdays. Thanks and greetings!

    • And your kind message brought Spring warmth into this home which today is being
      surrounded by harsh, colllllllld winds and freezing rain. Thank ye!

  2. Yes, this is how I felt this morning reading some very old words from St. Paul: “….now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we can ask or imagine …” gliding on that ancient hope on an ordinary day in a troubling era. Thank you–again–Jack!

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