Visiting Berne
by Anthony Costello

I remember walking the caverns either/
side of the Gerechtigkeits-gasse,
drinking Rugen Brau at Juggere
and Laphroaig at 15 francs a shot,
small birds pecking at the butt ends
of Romeo y Julietta’s, scattering
the Davidoff seals — TWANG of church bells…
waking by the water to cataracts
or floaters for eyes, colours and shapes
merging as in Klee or Kandinsky,
Einstein’s face on my pillow-zine,
boatmen clanking oars riverside
and Under Dem Vulkan unfinished.

PHOTO: Albert Einstein’s home (Berne, Switzerland).


 Anthony Costello is a poet, writer, and poetry event organizer (for details, see kultpoet.blogspot.co.uk) living in Luddendenfoot, West Yorkshire, a couple of kilometres along the valley from where Ted Hughes was born in Mytholmroyd and three kilometres from Heptonstall, a little hamlet above Hebden Bridge, where Sylvia Plath is buried. Anthony is a poetry book reviewer for Sabotage and a blogger on poetry matters at luddpoet.blogspot.co.uk. His first poetry collection, The Mask, was published by Lapwing Publications, Belfast, in October 2014.