Female prisoners in Ravensbrück concentration camp (photograph)
dedicated to Tommy Robinson, who was just lately sentenced to more time in prison
Króliki they referred to as us (Polish having
no word for guinea pig)* and so we have been:
scared, little white rabbits, huddling in worry,
dreading our inevitable turn; positive
that no guardian angel was coming
to save us from pain we might however endure.
Maybe we had been naughty and teased an
awkward classmate; maybe we did not share
our issues or informed the secrets of a good friend.
Maybe we had even (how did we dare!)
disobeyed our mother and father or God or each.
Or nothing. Innocent? They did not care.
We have been however commodities, to be used
for no matter: science, profit, pleasure,
as disposable means to desired ends;
by an ethical equivalence measure
we have been pawned as political treasure.
Never again! they vowed. And we
believed. But as an alternative of the brave
white knight, cowed white rabbits appear
and disappear, themselves to save
by their selection to allow us to endure.
Just so craven cowards behave.
Yet it takes however one Pink Cross Knight*
to venture down the rabbit gap
and problem surreality;
for nonetheless the maimed may be made entire,
courage too could be contagious,
with hope for the immortal soul.
*Kroliki: During World Conflict II, diabolical surgical experiments have been carried out on 86 younger wholesome ladies inmates at Ravensbrück concentration camp; of this number 74 have been Polish political prisoners of their twenties (one as younger as 16). The women have been nicknamed “króliki” or “rabbits” because they have been used as human laboratory animals. The experiments have been designed to maim and cripple wholesome human beings. Some died consequently, some have been executed, and some survived. Cf. the e-book And I am Afraid of My Goals by Wanda Półtawska; translated from the Polish by Mary Craig; Hodder & Stoughton, 1987
*Pink Cross Knight: Protagonist of Ebook I of The Faerie Queene (1590), an epic poem by Edmund Spenser. The Purple Cross Knight represents the virtue of holiness, in addition to St. George and the Church. He’s the chivalric champion and eventual husband of Una, who symbolizes fact and true religion. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Red-Cross-Knight
Denise Sobilo’s work has previously been revealed by the St. Austin Evaluate; The Imaginative Conservative; Jesus the Imagination; and The Antioch Evaluation.