the berlin i know

the berlin i know

today the grey has returned and it makes me smile
because this is the berlin i’ve grown to know
this dull overcast sky

the first time i visited berlin
it was for a funeral
7 years ago
it couldn’t have been like this
we sat outside with coffee and black forest cake
but i remember it just the same
the ubiquitous grey, the windwhipped coattails, the hardened cold earth

the first time my parents visited berlin
it was for a wedding
there were flowers
and a white dress involved
and a cavalcade through sanssouci
and no time for much of anything else
on a beautiful late august day

it makes me smile to think
that in a week i will get to show
my parents the berlin i know
the cold november berlin
the fresh smell of parsley in the rain
the wet dark streets of the early evening
and the warmth of returning home
breathless
from 5 flights of stairs

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