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Ellen McNeal
The inspiration for my haiku was the memory of the August 1949 commemoration of Goethe’s 200th birthday held at Schiller Park. I attended with my father, Frederic Kramer, a professor of German at Syracuse University. In German, he addressed the gathering around the monument to both Goethe and Schiller.

Though we lived near the University, we had many friends among the German-American community on the North Side. That day, I was proud to celebrate with them and to hear my father’s address, a tribute to the two poets and to our history.

Two Schiller Park bards
oversee the city below:
poem in motion

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