A Business Traveller’s Europe

Of Aachen I remember
a long approach, a series
of triumphal roundabouts,
Friday evening traffic
and difficulty parking.

The food was undistinguished,
the bed, as I recall it,
lumpy and unwelcoming.
I had flirted with the waitress
but hardly think she noticed.

On Saturday the market
had gone up around my car,
which - like stranded Gulliver -
I rescued, disregarding
their tiny cries of anger.

Bonn, Cologne and Düsseldorf
awaited, Essen later,
then Frankfurt, und so weiter,
and miles of humming Autobahn
between my disappointments.

David Callin

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