Some of my poems and lyrics are religious, some are political (although everything we do is religious and political by definition). Most poems are personal: dealing with beauty and nature and art, with love and longing and loneliness, with birth and life and death.
My favourite subjects or images are celestial bodies and plants. I am also very keen on colours; for me, writing verse is like painting with words.
Some of my poems are free verse, but the vast majority rhyme and scan; quite a few follow traditional patterns like sonnets and haiku. I strongly believe in the power of sound, the music of language, the magic of language.
I publish some of my poems as blog posts on this site. You can search them in a number of ways:
- Language: English poems; German poems; Parallel poems (created in both languages)
- Form: Sonnets (a traditional European form);
Haiku and tanka (traditional East Asian forms);
Narrative poems (poems that tell a story);
Lyrics (poems that could be used for songs);
Humour (satirical and humorous verse)
- Subject: for instance Seasons & ages orWeddings & anniversaries — for details read on.
These are the subject categories:
- Love (being in love); Weddings & anniversaries (also filed under Love)
- Death and grief
- Coasts and islands and Mountains and woods
- Northern landscapes and Mediterranean landscapes
- Big cities
- Flowers and trees
- Religion and faith
- Politics and society
- History and prehistory
- Art and arts.
One of my main topics is the cycle of the seasons and the ages of man:
- Spring often relates to birth and youth
- Summer is often linked to the middle of life
- Autumn often deals with maturity and age
- Winter may stand for death but also transcendence
- All seasonal poems together are filed at Seasons and ages.
There are also tags you can click on and a search box in the top right-hand corner.
With either, you can find certain words or names – like ‘solstice’ or ‘Cologne’.