Wolfgang Bogner

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High Arches

They keep rattling above
across the island towards Queens,
making the earth tremble and shake.
One thousand tons rumbling,
the iron of the bridge bending
and everything crashing
and everything creaking in our joints.
Nobody asks us
how we feel about this,
were only made of simple concrete,
a functional building with building function,
those ignoramuses say.
Near and far they cannot find
such a harmonious shape
in classic elegance
as if from the Renaissance.
We could be in Rome or Florence
being adored by people.
Yes, in Florence,
Brunelleschi could have created us.

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Wolfgang Bogner, Austria
Book Spiral staircase (Wendeltreppe), p. 10