By virtue of geography and a madman,
The wrong place at the wrong time,
Is apologetic and ashamed
So much so that past symbols are verboten
And attempts to rectify wrongs
Are offered with the recognition
That it will be despised and mistrusted
Again and again.
So it revels in Bavarian traditions
And countrified charm
As it smiles, rebuilds, and remembers.
July 19, 2013