The view from the Amsterdam Train Warrick wynne

Across the flatness of the fields

the names of the bombed cities

recur like chapters in a leather-bound history

from a room in another life:

Antwerp, Brussels, Rotterdam …

In a field in the distance, a windmill

prototype shape, like a crucifix

distinctive and familiar as cows

scattered in a canal-latticed field

hedged by a spiky line of black.

Someone should paint this landscape:

that ancient clump of trees in an empty field

that windmill, the shadowy grove and,

beneath layers of needles and cones,

flaking metal fragments from one war or another

that would be preserved.

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Warrick Wynne
Created with images by Nederland in foto's - "Trees in the distance."

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