Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim

Anna Sleczka - A Portrait

He lived here and didn’t know
they will write a poem about him,
because he was one of the million
who became “free” thanks to their work.

Before they wrapped his hands with wire
he was ready to defend his homeland.
But they came at night,
surrounded the house, used force.
And put him in the court of lawlessness,
where only one verdict was heard –
guilty.
Guilty of living.

Since then his life
was ruled by the barbarians.
Since then his days
were full of hunger and pain.

He didn’t care about admiration
though he shared a piece of bread.
He didn’t feel like a hero
though he always had a good word for others.

He was thought undeserving of respect,
marked with a number.
He had to be obedient
to the superior one.

He was never honored,
maybe only when being hanged
he saw in sad eyes
sympathy for his suffering.

He never experienced mercy,
was trod upon by power’s heel,
overwhelmed by hard work.
He never spread his wings.

Emaciated, sick,
he was dying alone
and he was dreaming about
family, home.

Dying, he didn’t believe that
someone will write a poem about him,
because neither his mother nor his father
was still there.

Deprived of his dignity,
with no name,
he was beaten,
cursed at,
yet won the battle
for his soul.

He lived here and didn’t know that
they will write a poem about him,
because he was one of the million
who became “free” thanks to their work.

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Krakowska Fundacja
Centrum Dialogu i Modlitwy
w Oświęcimiu
ul. M. Kolbego 1, 32-602 Oświęcim

tel.: +48 (33) 843 10 00
tel.: +48 (33) 843 08 88
fax: +48 (33) 843 10 01

Education Department: education@cdim.pl
Reception: reception@cdim.pl

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