and the color in my eyes
has gone back into the sea.
This is the most beautiful David ever. I’m in love.
Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński (1921-1944)
Polish poet, soldier of Armia Krajowa, member of the underground scout organization Szare Szeregi, participant of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. His poetry was published in several Polish magazines, including underground publications. Baczyński was also a student of the underground Warsaw University, participation in which was punishable by death if discovered by Nazi occupants. Thanks to Baczyński’s friend who hid his works during the war, over 500 poems, a dozen narrative poems, and 20 short stories survived the war. Baczyński was killed in action on August 4th, 1944 by a German sniper. On September 1st, his wife Barbara Drapczyńska was also killed in action. He was posthumously awarded the Armia Krajowa Cross in 1947.
One of his most well-known poems is Elegy (on a Polish Boy):
They kept you, little son, from dreams like trembling butterflies,
they wove you, little son, in dark red blood two mournful eyes,
they painted landscapes with the yellow stitch of conflagrations,
they decorated all with hangmen’s trees the flowing oceans.
They taught you, little son, to know by heart your land of birth
as you were carving out with tears of iron its many paths.
They reared you in the darkness and fed you on terror’s bread;
you traveled gropingly that most shameful of human roads.
And then you left, my lovely son, with your black gun at midnight,
and felt the evil prickling in the sound of each new minute.
Before you fell, over the land you raised your hand in blessing.
Was it a bullet that killed you, son, or was it your heart bursting?
- March 20th, 1944
A corporal in the Army having dinner with his date. Bakersfield, California, 1942. By Russell Lee.
Mario de Biasi
sad 11th Doctor.