Movements in Munich

(Destiny on the Isar, in the "City of the Movement"•)

Escape
from
Humanity
Escape
from
History,
Illusions
compromised,
Capitalism
rebaptised.
In the rivers
where
flooding pretentions
to peace
flow
so fierce.
Flagrant
in flight
monied
armies
alight
thieving marauders
both grand
and global
assembling
to fight
bringing
larceny
and murder
in merciless
delight.
Coveting
nocturnally
wars
for eternity
propagandists’
maternity
cover
venomous
slaughter
in whose rockets
red glare
whose bombs
bursting in air
give proof
through the night
that their greed
is still there.

• “München, Stadt der Bewegung”– the honorific attributed to Munich by the NSDAP, the site of the annual Munich Security Conference, ostensibly begun in 1963 to prevent wars like WWII but actually a trade fair for the heads of the arms industry.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..