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What Do I Know About Being German

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What Do I Know About Being German

Born American, sixth generation of great-grands all German,
not much liking sausage or sauerkraut, English speaking all the way,

except the Germany of my ancestry was fought over and broken
so I’m a bit of France, Germany, Poland, Hungary all the Holy

Roman empire, dissolved down, fought over, egotized, horrified 
and remade Into some new state where English is as common as German.

We share a love of flowers in the face of cold and rain, I drink less beer
and wine, meet up somewhere, anywhere around the world on a beach.

From my parents and grandparents, I know to serve up too much food
seven sweets, seven sours and drink and whirl the night away to a band.

Hardworking sorts, unafraid of a little dirt, loving dirt, the turnover
and young sprout brought to fruit, wearing overalls and then washing up.

To sit before a pressed linen table cloth, served up on the finest china,
the cha in my father’s name, the uff da, and other exclamations.

The morning rosaries, the blessed churches where we give thanks for all good
and the setting aside of pride while we work together to make our food.

Sure there are aprons for cooking. Shorts for summertime. A dive into any pool.
What do I know of being German, not much, it's just somewhere in my roots.

Copyright © Sheri Fresonke Harper

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  1. Date: 10/24/2013 1:11:00 PM
    Some where you write the truth i this poem what i have done to be a Germany !Great job

  1. Date: 10/20/2013 10:49:00 AM
    This was fun to read and liked the twists and turns of German and not so German.

  1. Date: 10/10/2013 10:10:00 PM
    This poem is SO great, and what a coincidence I should see it right after making that other comment to you. It answers my question that you ARE American!!!! After all!

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 10:30:00 PM
    That's why the United States was once described as "the melting pot of the world". Since our country was created over two centuries ago, so many immigrants settled here and left their mark on an American culture. Did you know that French toast was originally called German toast before the First World War?

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 8:04:00 AM
    Being a regular visitor of Germany I can relate to this one of yours........ I can read why I repeatedly go there ..............

  1. Date: 6/14/2013 8:29:00 AM
    wow, this is good, to know that there are folk in this world that think like you do, then the ability to put it into poetry,, you certainly are special, very special...

  1. Date: 6/12/2013 7:52:00 AM
    Sheri, a second look at a post often reveals a better understanding. Your couplet here reminds me of my 26 generations of French heritage. Nothing French really remains except genetic elements. I can't even remember the French National Anthem, But I feel something when I hear "Under The Double Eagle." --- Go Figure.... I really liked this post... Jake

  1. Date: 6/6/2013 3:16:00 AM
    Love this tribute to your heritage, Sheri...I am Dutch and what do I know about it?...Nothing - Tim

  1. Date: 6/4/2013 10:59:00 PM
    Did I miss this contest... Sheri, congratulations with your very nice win... i love it... xox~ Linda

  1. Date: 6/2/2013 6:03:00 PM
    Congrats on your well deserved win Sheri. It is, indeed, a delightful poem. Thanks for visiting my poem The Town of Sintra and for your encouraging comments. I live in Sintra District. In fact I can see Pena Palace from my area. Had I known that a Souper is visiting Sintra I would have arranged to meet and perhaps invite for dinner. Regards -Mohammad

  1. Date: 6/2/2013 12:49:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win with this delightful poem about your ancestral roots, Sheri... and thanks for reading my poem and the kind comment. Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend! Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 3:45:00 PM
    love this thoughtful write, my friend. congrats on your wins : )

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 3:11:00 PM
    I think this is the first one I have seen that may have been entered into that national contest. now that I have seen your example, I wish I had done a poem for it!!

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 8:34:00 AM
    Great work that you have penned in this one..Did your parents give you information about your ancestry or did you just look it up?..Enjoyed reading this morn..Thanks for stopping by..Your comments are appreciated..Sara

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 5:32:00 AM
    wow fantastic look at YOUR German experience SO good! a 7 and a fav. Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 5:22:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win....Well deserved.... Thanks for your kind comments on my work..... Jake

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 12:09:00 AM
    Congrats Sheri: Always fascinating to think of our ancestry and how our genes might affect us, Really enjoy your writing. Love, SuZ

  1. Date: 5/31/2013 11:48:00 PM
    This fine poem took me on a little journey where l was excited to find out where l would end up. Congratulations on your win. Love your style of writing!

  1. Date: 5/31/2013 8:27:00 PM
    Excellent write on your nationality, you know more than you think Sheri, love and light xxx

  1. Date: 5/31/2013 8:43:00 AM
    Congrats on your win Sheri. AO