sometimes it's a tad embarrassing to be part German.
it's all very well that my grandparents left the country in 1936
when Pa was a babe in arms
one is still guilty by association
on the beach at Tranum there are two bunkers
built by the German armed forces
built by Danish farmers pressed firmly into service
by German armed forces
imagine Feldwebel Utting, aged 19, cowering in this dark and sinister hole
does he wonder what he's doing here?
why he's not at home brushing the cows
and raking the hay?
does he miss his mother?
viewed up close the walls are quite beautiful in their own way
calcium from the water has made marks
and visiting artists made a few others
and how many Viking arrowheads, flint pebbles and cowl stones are lost in the aggregate added to the concrete mix?
there's something odd, though
the bunkers appear to have been built using timber formwork
but at the back and on one other side
there are marks like runes
made from the attachment of some fibre object to the formwork
was it some enterprising Danish soul
adding a permanent message to the outside of this monstrous construction?
if it was a subversive act
did Obersturmbannführer Bielefeld order retaliation?
the only thing known for certain is that these bunkers were built to last
nothing short of blowing them up will remove them
and this violent act
is shunned by the Danes
a pretty awful thing to do to a country
take over by force
and then leave a lasting monument
like a big stinking pile of dog poo
on the beach
and yet, in an odd way, they have a strange beauty.
it's a curious whirled.
ps thanks for all your friendly visits and comments, they're much appreciated.
i'll drop in and visit when i'm back home and have more time