On Fanø

Michael Hofmann

Acid rain from the Ruhr strips one pine in three ...
To supplement their living, the neutral Danes
let out their houses during the summer months –
exposure, convexity, clouds and the shadows of clouds.
Wild grass grows on the manure of their thatch.

There are concrete bunkers among the sand-dunes –
bomb-shelters, or part of Heligoland and the V2s? ...
German hippies have taken them over, painted them
with their acid peace dreams. A cave-art of
giant people, jungles, a plague of dragonflies.