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First Line: Why was it bavaria? The house in the forest
Last Line: In bavaria
Subject(s): Bavaria


Why was it Bavaria? The house in the forest
was modest, a cabin, though rather substantial
with latticework on the porch, a window in the gable.
Each afternoon I walked to the village
down a woodland path among great dark trees,
across a bridge made of cedar poles. Patches
of violets and forget-me-nots. At the cafe
I smoked a cigar, drank coffee or lemonade,
read a newspaper, wrote postcards, an occasional
letter. I talked with the proprietor.
I walked home at twilight and rested
on the bridge, looking down into the stream,
the weeds oscillating in clear water. I carried a stout
walkingstick, a staff really, cut from a straight
ash sapling. I did this for many years in my
old age, and in the gable room wrote a number
of better-than-average books. But I have never been
in Bavaria.


Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org




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