Fall 1979 • Vol. I No. 4 Poetry |

The Fuehrer Bunker

Double Chorus -- 1 April, 1945. (Easter Sunday and April Fool's Day. The common people of Berlin leave the subway at the Zoo Station near the Bunker, where they have passed the night because of air raids.   The voice at the left margin may be taken by a separate choir or a single speaker. The indented voice is choral.) Dawn; a wan daylight growing;       HE WILL RAISE US, SAVE US, Gray, still--the sun not risen.       BEND CLOSE AND DELIVER US "All Clear" sounds out through the city:       FROM ENEMIES, HATRED, OUR OWN WOUNDS; Day's bombflights still not risen,       IN CALM FORCE, RISE AND LIFT US The night fighters gone, passed over       OUT OF CHAOS, OUT OF LOSS. To someone else's ruin.       HE CAME, FIRST, IN OUR DISGRACE,       SHAMEFACED, IN DEFAULT. All night you lay on old papers In the echoing subway tunnel       THEN, WHEN OUR CURRENCY FAILED US,

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