A very happy Thanksgiving… (Fröhliches Thanksgiving!)


…to all my American friends and readers

(…resp. to those who live in the USA – and actually celebrate it – regardless their nationality)!

In Germany, people often wonder about this so very American holiday, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. What does it mean? What are the origins? For their benefit, I include the German Wikipedia page regarding this topic and hope it provides some form of explaination.


Heute wünsche ich all meinen amerikanischen Freunden und Lesern (m/w) ein fröhliches “Thanksgiving”. Hier in Deutschland ist man sich oft nicht so ganz im Klaren darüber, was es mit diesem doch sehr amerikanischen Fest eigentlich auf sich hat, das jeweils am vierten Donnerstag im November gefeiert wird. Daher füge ich hier einfach mal den Link zur deutschen Wikipedia-Seite zu diesem Thema bei. Hier finden sich ein paar Informationen zur Natur und zur (möglichen) Herkunft von “Thanksgiving”.




Come rest against my shoulder,
The sun is setting soon.
So I can count the stars for you
And we can watch the moon.

I know that you are weary.
Not easy is the road.
So rest against my shoulder,
Lay down your heavy load.

No, I can’t take your burden
And carry it away.
But I can lend a hand, dear,
To hold you when you sway.

The times are ever changing,
The tides they come and go.
You’re longing for security
And this, my dear, I know.

You have so many questions,
You search for what is true.
And if I had the answers,
I’d give them all to you.

Yet, all I have to offer
is me, myself and I.
So let this be your haven,
If only for tonight.

Soon there will come the morning.
Your hope it will be new.
Come rest against my shoulder,
And I might sleep then, too.


(Writing) Contests and Participating Fees

Hmmm… so an organisation/company/private person establishes a writing contest. And offers prize money. YAY!

BUT… in order to participate, you need to pay a participation fee. This seems to have developed into a rather common practice nowadays.


…is this a legitimate way to finance the contest?
…or is this just another way of getting money out of aspiring authors?

“What say you?”




lighting up whenever you speak



that will not come



only for you



softly saying your name



that never lasts



always preferred



insufficiently disguised


you see


do you dare


to observe?




On a beautiful day they would walk in the park

Where the music was playing until after dark.

And the people would come there to laugh and to dance

And the violins would play there for fun and romance.

A couple is walking and crossing the lawn

And he’s taking her hand for a dance in the dawn.

There is nobody else and no orchestra there

But he’s humming a tune, and it’s filling the air.

Now the days have gone by, and the times, they have changed.

There are lovely people, but to me, they are strange.

They are happy and lively, enjoying the sun.

And the bandstand’s still there, there is laughter and fun…

~ ~ ~





Man hat Dir gesagt, dass
alle Wunden

Also setzt Du Dich hin
vor die große Wanduhr
und zählst
zu Tagen.

Und die Zeit
und Du
sitzt und wartest,
das Zifferblatt
und wunderst Dich,
dass nichts mit Dir