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from The Great Pacific Northwest by Ben Hermanski

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Some remaining winter clouds on Gothenburg’s skyline

a mass of people walking out of Oscar Fredrick church.

Things like this do happen in the broadest of daylight

nobody takes notice of the absence of the birds.

A lonely bride is weeping in the shadow of the steeple

she weeps about the pious life that she has never led.

She should be the happiest of all the gathered people

but rumour has it all the birds have suddenly dropped dead.

When they come and go out all alone

how did they even become friends?

When the snow is so ephemeral

it doesn’t matter in the end.

It’s true that birds will fly away to escape the Northern winter

but all the birds in Gothenburg will never sing again.

All the hearts and all the beaks in tiny bits did splinter

and that is due to charities of just a single man.


from The Great Pacific Northwest, released April 25, 2015


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Ben Hermanski Ibbenbüren, Germany

Ben likes to hold on to moments and give them away on stage. To you.
In his songs and the stories that he tells.

Ben Hermanski is an observer, a sensitive writer. A finder of melodies both engaging, catchy and familiar; a teller of stories both true and remote at the same time.

He keeps his eyes closed on stage, because these moments are for giving. To you.
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