Walking in the Dawn, Hamburg

The sun a large orange marble
rises behind the Köhlbrandbrücke
and the minarets of factories
dedicate their smoke to the light,
all silhouetted against the silver horizon
like shadows cast against a wall,
and a young couple walk
arm in arm
in the Schröders Park
moving faintly against the wind,
not speaking,
only paying homage to the sun
as it gathers the shadow forms of the docks
and disperses terror across the morning.

James Dowthwaite teaches English literature at the University of Jena, Germany. He grew up and studied in the UK. His first book, Ezra Pound and 20th-Century Theories of Language, came out with Routledge in 2019, and he is currently working on a project on the relationship between aestheticism and the concept of fate. His poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in Acumen, Allegro Poetry Magazine, Nightingale & Sparrow, and Poetry Salzburg Review. He lives in Heidelberg with his wife and son.

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