Monday, 8 November 2010

The butterfly effect

I'd like to share with you a very moving project that
I know you will want to be a part of

to make a butterfly

to make 1,500,000 butterflies

one for each of the innocent children
who perished as a result of the Holocaust

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

The last, the very last,

So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow
Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing
against a white stone....

Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly ’way up high.
It went away I’m sure
because it wished
to kiss the world good-bye.

For seven weeks I’ve lived in here
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.

Only I never saw another butterfly.
That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don’t live in here, in the ghetto.

Written by Pavel Friedman, 4 June 1942

Born in Prague on 7 January 1921
Deported to the Terezin Concentration Camp on 26 April 1942
Died in Aushchwitz on 29 September 1944

there is plenty of time
to make a butterfly

a whole year

you have till 31st December 2011
(click on any of the pictures for more info)

sorry ... I've been quiet
I've been feeling down in the dumps
I've caught a chill on top of an existing chest infection
(cough, cough)

hope to be back rambling again soon ...