Encounter at Berchtesgarten ( 1938 )

He will go for a walk on his
own today,just the dog for company;
the turned up collar leather overcoat
a barrier against the early morning
mountain drizzle common to these parts;
the battered felt hat completing the
proper garb for such a walk;
the dog’s features eager now to go,
it is time,early enough in the day
to avoid attention from his own staff,
he shan’t inform them about his adventure;

Walking down cobbled narrow streets
toward a Gasthof stirring with activity,
a Frauelein arranging patio furniture
looks up but without interest;
he walks past exchanging perfunctory
greetings as is the custom;
he passes close by with turned up
collar and felt hat obscuring his profile,
the Gastwirt’s wife admonishes the busy
Frauelein,”don’t you know who that was?”
as those words echo faintly behind him,
he allows himself a self-deprecating smile,
the Schaefferhund looks up at him smartly;
how was the Frauelein to know?
how was anyone to know?
after all,
the world had yet to hear
of the litany
of obscure little towns
such as,


Glossary of terms:-

*My Mother is the “fraulein” referred to the
establishment’s general dogsbody- waitressing staff et al)
*Gasthof – guest house/restaurant/
*Gastwirt – Landlady,wife of the proprietor
*Schafferhund – Shepherd Dog
* Berchtesgarten was an unassuming Bavarian village (across
the border from my Mother’s native Salzburg;) and location of
The Eagle’s Eyrie fortress retreat of one AH.


About Louis Kasatkin

Freelance Writer ,Journalist, Performance Poet and Poetry Promoter Resume / CV Senior Editor , 2014 - Member,Board of Senior Editors,”Episteme” -Online Journal of Bharat College,Mumbai Editorial Administrator ,2011 – to date At http://www.destinypoets.co.uk the internationally renowned poetry website in partnership with and centred at Destiny Christian Church, Wakefield, England Schools based Poetry Masterclasses, 2001- to date Louis has delivered his poetry masterclasses in interactive workshop format in primary and secondary schools throughout the City of Wakefield and further afield. His masterclasses have often been the pupils’ first and only opportunity for schools to work with a professional poet. Executive Producer,Wakefield Wireless Mysteries 2012 –to date Louis has the leadership role in this groundbreaking play-for-voices, a contemporary update of the world renowned Medieval Passion plays. He secured the support of Mary Creagh ,Member of Parliament for Wakefield as the project’s Patron. Performance Poetry Residencies 2010- to date with Destiny Christian Church 2001-2002 -Poet-in-Residence at Wakefield Cathedral 1999-2000 -Poet-in-Residence at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Rugby League Football Club Poetry Group Leadership Roles 2010-to date Founder of Destiny Poets 2004-2010 -President, The Black Horse Poets of Wakefield. 2002-2007 -Founder and Convenor of The Cathedral Poets of Wakefield. Publications Poetry Anthologies ( Author ) 2004- A Very Special Collection with The Cathedral Poets 2002- Louis & friends-Wakefield Cathedral Poetry Anthology Poetry Magazines ( Editor ) 2010- to date “ The Elephant” –Destiny Poets’ published thrice annually 2004-2008 – “From The Horse’s Mouth” – The Black Horse Poets published twice yearly. 2005-2006 – “Poetry Wakefield,City & Dioceses”- The Cathedral Poets/ The Black Horse Poets A quarterly magazine for all schools within the City and Diocese of Wakefield. 2002- “ The Cathedral Poets “ – eponymously titled monthly poetry supplement to Cathedral News magazine. Freelance Journalism 1979 – 1994 Leeds Other Paper , co-operatively run alternative weekly news publication ,featuring local gig guide, investigative reporting ignored by the mainstream,etc.Louis was primarily the LOP’s Rugby league correspondent – “The Man in the Stand” – from 1983 to 1994 besides erstwhile cultural commentator and guerrilla investigative reporter starting in 1979. Academic Qualifications B.A.( Hons.) Organisation Studies 2.2 from Bradford College, 1981 – 1984 Poetry Awards & Recognition 2013 – Overseas Award for Excellence in Arts Conferred by AuthorsPress ,New Dehli 2008- Civic Reception held by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, hosted by the Lord Mayor to honour the 10th Anniversary of the Black Horse Poets. 2007- Winner of “Wakefield Poet of the Year”-The prestigious Jane Harrison MemoriaL Award at the annual Wakefield Poetry Awards. 2003- Winner of the inaugural Leeds International Peace Festival Poetry Prize (Adult section) with “Hudson River Interlude”, a commemorative poem honouring the victims of 9/11.
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