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Rapid Eye Movements
cruise down the Autobahn,
driving dreams of soldiers 
slaying the Beast in the East:
seeds hidden in the cuff links
that return home for the victory parade.

The victory parade of the new millennium
is a mirage: desert sand creeps 
through the streets of Basra;
spray painted slogans of “Aryan Nation”
are left behind on pock-marked walls.

High level terror alerts
scroll across the Fear o' Dome,
breeding paranoid glances 
from commercial-class passengers
while they fly above fenced camps
where centralized secret service agents
watch the unloading of another train.

"Son, do you forget the sacrifices?
Have you lost all your respect?
Okay, it’s possible that the Feds
were influenced by the Purebreds—
a minor repercussion 
of maintaining our national security.

It isn’t even about racial purity—
you are all mixed now, anyway.
Whether female, black, jew, or gay,
we must unite together as a nation;
raise its flag with pride,
and fight against a common enemy!
This enemy is trying to disintegrate
the cornerstone of our free society!

Son, can you not see! Not see-notsee-notsea-notsi-
notzi-natzi-nazi-natzi-notzi-notsi-notsea-notsee-not see!"

—cold sweat.

I awaken to remnants of nightmarish images
sifting through my mind:
flocks of carnivorous sheep
with invisible shepherds.

The dream had felt so real.

I rush out of bed,
just to make sure.
From my bedroom window,
I see the neighbour’s Iron Eagle weathervane
goose-stepping towards the west.
A lawnmower growls in the background.

Everything appears normal here
on 4th Reichstag Blvd.

2016 Neu Berlin Remix, July 13th, 2016
(original version was written on March 29th, 2010)

Copyright © Chris D. Aechtner | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 12/11/2016 8:25:00 PM

    Sometimes you read something so close to your heart you know not what to say... I will just leave you with a thank you ...for 'seeing.'
  1. Date: 9/25/2016 11:22:00 PM

    Great work nicely done what a dream.
  1. Date: 8/18/2016 2:04:00 PM

    What a dream that was! Loved it all, Chris, amazing work. I especially love the ending, really created an effective impact. Always, Laura
  1. Date: 8/6/2016 8:56:00 AM

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! A fav, fav, fav, fav! You are dead on with this write. Love, Armand.
  1. Date: 8/5/2016 7:31:00 PM

    and the BEAT goes on - constant war - 1984 , Brave New World all over again GO CHRIS! Light & love
  1. Date: 7/21/2016 6:32:00 AM

    A deep and meaningful write, Chris. Congratulations on a well deserved POTD honour. T.J
  1. Date: 7/19/2016 6:43:00 PM

    I really enjoyed reading your remix of this memorable poem, Chris & definitely still loving the wordplay you employed here... still finding it freaky how this is the poem that I see you post, such a coincidence how I see that Autobahn car dealer sign and thinking of your poem just last week....Alles gute!
  1. Date: 7/18/2016 9:08:00 PM

    This is excellent Chris! Depth of thought and your unique way of expressing events of our world we all need to be concerned about because it concerns all of us. Congratulations on having this featured as POTD! 7 ; )
  1. Date: 7/16/2016 8:53:00 PM

    Ausgezeichnet Chris!! Congratulations on the POTD honor here. A meaningful and poignant storyline for sure. Compelling imagery and the evil ghosts of the past, and those that are still with us today, ever-present to haunt mankind. Outstanding Work!! SEVEN/FAV!! Cheers and Best, Gary
  1. Date: 7/16/2016 8:46:00 AM

    Stark reminders, well done Chris. Congratulations for POTD honors...
  1. Date: 7/16/2016 6:43:00 AM

    Deep but well written. Who has the control? gets distorted by individuals with blood lust. For them any cause will do as long as they get noticed. Also organised crime can't keep out of the act. Good choice for poem of day. David in NZ
  1. Date: 7/16/2016 5:56:00 AM

    - Congratulations on your p.o.t.d. - A powerful poem, Chris - // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 7/15/2016 5:30:00 PM

    oohhh, that nazi line running it all together was brilliant!!! It's a crazy ass world that is for sure. Soupmail.
  1. Date: 7/15/2016 4:57:00 PM

    San Woo, said Wow, I say Wow. AAnna
  1. Date: 7/14/2016 6:02:00 PM

    I can read your poems hundred times...there is always something new attracting my eye-balls : ).. Loved it...To unite together as a nation against the real enemy...Wise message Christ.