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Another Favorite Poem from Across the Long Bridge
by John Howard Reid
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
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Another of my favorite poems, selected from the 120 winning and commended entries to The Tom Howard Poetry Contest, included in the anthology, "Across the Long Bridge", is "Heartstop: A Poem on the Passing of Leni Riefenstahl" by John B. Lee. I loved this entry so much, it induced me to write my own Riefenstahl poem, which is here published for the first time.

Riefenstahl and the Men from Hell

by John Howard Reid


Come the seasons, lay the scores of war,

the Jekylled faces hiding in the arms

of silken candor and romantic might,

where dreams are perjured on stakes

of madness, disguised as patriotic ideals.


Where Romance rises like the Teuton knights

and grinning gardens hide their gleeful

graces at respites from the rites of war

while lonely Leni dances bright with the

fixated Fuehrer and his mike-minded Minister.


What hints of charm disarm Miss Reifenstahl

as quavering voices tingle in the wind,

as deep desires masked by passions

of conquest are softly spun on a sluice

of autumn breeze, on her final flower of Fall?


Regretful of repentant charms, unmoved

by conscience or their daily dallying

with dreams of fulfilment in the arms

of lithe, speak-lively Leni, Goebbels

and Fuehrer rage, ransack, murder, rape!


Thus Leni herself becomes an object of scorn,

a treasure of silver transmuted to clay,

her friends the enemies of all who think free,

her ideals dust, her talents misspent,

dreams are nightmares, her soul misplaced.


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