Friday, March 25, 2016

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Gert Knop--Germany and Jack Horne--England

(English, German and Spanish)

By Gert Knop and Jack Horne

Easter Monday
A cool day in March
Forlorn the Mandau*
Some birds' songs from a distance
A picture of heavenly peace

Der Ostermontag
Ein kühler Tag im Märzen
Einsam die Mandau
Von Ferne Vogelgesang
Ein Bild himmlischer Ruhe

Lunes de Pascua
Un día fresco en marzo
Solo el Mandau
Canto depájaros de la distancia
Una imagen de paz celestial


people go to church
and children eat candy eggs
joy on Easter morn
as the first newly hatched chick
leaves the darkness of the shell

Leute gehen zur Kirche
und Kinder essen Schokoeier
Freude am Ostermorgen
als das erste frisch geschlüpfte Küken
das Dunkel der Schale verlässt

la gente va a la iglesia
y los niños comen los huevos de chocolate
alegría en la mañana de Pascua
como el primer pollito sale del huevo
dejando la oscuridad del cascarón

* the Mandau river is close to Gert's home


  1. In three languages and I can only read Gert's--but the fact that you are all writing this together, in harmony and peace, is a wonderful Easter message. We have so much more in common than we do in differences. Thank you for celebrating Easter by writing individually but as one.

    1. Dear Jo,
      Thank you for your kind comment and I wish you Happy Easter! It is always a pleasure to work together with Jack!

  2. Gert and Jack,
    Great poem celebrating the Easter holiday.
    Your friend,
    David Fox

    1. Dear David,
      Have a great Easter and thank you for your comment!

  3. Thank you for this lovely poem. Happy Easter Gert and Jack. Love and Best Wishes from India....Nalini

  4. Gert and Jack, I LOVED it! I especially appreciated the Spanish translation as I have always loved honing up on my Spanish pronunciation. A great collaborative effort. Thank you for sharing your combined talents.

  5. Thank you, Phyllis Babcock, for the following--

    Gert and Jack a pleasure to read your Easter poem. Happy Easter across the miles and also to the other poets and their families. Have a safe weekend. love phyl

  6. Great work! A timely piece. Well enjoyed. Ralph

  7. It was such a joy to read this, even though I must admit I don't know German or Spanish to be able to read the verses. But I really liked the simple pleasures outlined in the poem.