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To My Neighbor


I lift you higher,
lift you out
of your body cells
stuffed with anxiety
of your past -
an evil load that smells.

I'll fill each cell
with love and joy
that makes the
angels dance.
You'll glide through earthly
filth and stench -
a spiritual trance.

From your youth filled eyes,
your hands
and feet,
a holy peace shall flow,
so you and I
be filled with grace -
let us be still
and know.

William Hermanns
[P527]

Seelentränen


Seelentränen sind Gedichte,
rot mit Herzblut aufgeschrieben,
tiefem Menschenleid zum Ruhm,

Lies sie still in reinem Lichte,
unbeschattet,
frei von Trieben:
Du betrittst ein Heiligtum.


Wilhelm Hermanns
[G001]




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William Hermanns died 26 years ago on April 6, 1990 - on July 23, 2015 he would have been 120 years old (which was his goal because of some biblical king who achieved it).  May the Principles he cherished be recognized in you.

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Newest uploads from the archives:

 The poem P093 The Knock at the Door on 11/22/16 P521 Poor Hitler on 10/28/16; P503 My Choice on 7/23/16; P165 My True Self, P491 Oh Religion and P528 To Ken on 4/10/16; P294 State, Goodbye on 3/30/16 

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message in a bottleMessage in a bottle floating on the internet ocean:  How were you attracted here? Do you feel its vibrations or relate when reading a poem or essay.  Did you know William Hermanns?  The Trust would like to hear your story and maybe publish it on the website.  Contact us.

William Hermanns, Bad Nauheim April 1983

     William Hermanns (1895-1990) was one of the best personally informed authorities of the events in Germany from World War I through the Hitler era who recorded and expressed his experiences primarily as a poet, but also as a writer of books plays and a couple of songs, which we will feature on this site.  

     Dr. Hermanns was an academician, as well, having earned his doctorate in Sociology, and was prepared for a diplomatic career with the League of Nations, but that international attempt at peace had an early ending with Mussolini's march into Abysinia (Ethopia).   He would later in the United States become a Professor in German Language and Literature at San Jose State College (now University).

     His gift to the world was as a Poet Sociologist shining light on conscience,  that he learned to respect on his journey from the imaginary hero self as a volunteer soldier marching at the side of his Kaiser victoriously through the Arc de Triomphe to his discovery of conscience and its guiding power in the trenches of war. 

     His vow, screamed from the battlefield of Verdun upon being half-buried by an exploding shell, "God, save me and I will serve You as long as I live!" remained present to him everyday of the rest of his life.

     This website is dedicated to bringing his lifelong literary works to public view.  Be prepared for a journey of a lifetime. He wrote in his native German language and in his adopted country's language of English.  He considered himself first a poet, a mystic, and then a sociologist.   He was a student of Einstein, not in physics but in cosmic religious feeling and conscience. 

     Please peruse his works, contemplate with his poetry, and be encouraged to be what Einstein called a Cosmic Person (well, actually "Man", but in his generational bubble he meant male and female human).  Your comments and support are welcome.

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                 Die Seele

Die Seele leuchtet meinem Schweigen
bewahrt mein Wort vor Unrecht tun,
bald kehrt sie heim, wird lichtwärts steigen
und ich darf ruh'n.

Nie wiederrstrahlt sie zu mir her,
bleibt still im unsichtbaren Hafen,
hält mit mir keine Zwiesprach mehr,
ich werde schlafen.

Ich hab der Seele aufgeprägt,
das was ich fühlte und gedacht.
Mein Wesen, das sie weiter trägt,
kennt keine Nacht.

                                  William Hermanns  [G112]

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