Dear friends, dear readers,

I just returned from Italy where I found refuge at my favourite Como Lake to write a few new poems and to

launch my newest poetry book “The Ephemeral Flower of Time”. Enclosed one of the new poems, I hope

you enjoy the reading. A poetic salute, Germain

Sunrise at Ithaca, picture by Germain Droogenbroodt


To Liliane


How to return

to a place or a time

which one consciously

or unconsciously left behind


when one suddenly feels

how empty the hands are

and how yearning

the heart.



Pognana, Lake Como, Italy 29.5.2016