On this day in 1886 the German / American architect Mies van der Rohe was born. One of the founders of modernistic architecture together with Le Corbusier and Lloyd Wright, he became the last director of the Bauhaus school before it was forced to close by the Nazis.
Mies devised architecture that was based on framework and open spaces and originated phrases such and ‘less is good’ and ‘God is in the details’.
Today’s poem by Will Allen Dromgoole is of building, The Bridge Builder:
An old man going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way;
You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build this bridge at evening tide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head;
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followed after me to-day
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!
Today I will work at building my life carefully and cleanly.