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‘Króliki (Rabbits),’ dedicated to Tommy Robinson, by Denise Sobilo

Female prisoners in Ravensbrück concentration camp (photograph)

Króliki (Rabbits)

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
sanctioned pseudo-scientifically,
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.

(June, 2018)

*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.


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9 Responses

  1. Amy Foreman July 24, 2019

    “Courage too can be contagious.” What a strong line, Denise. I found this poem riveting and thought-provoking. Thank you.

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    • Denise Sobilo July 25, 2019

      Thanks on your comment. I hope that via this minor literary contribution, I can encourage others to the courage one finds in the examples of many victims of man’s inhumanity to man–from the courage exhibited by the Króliki to that of the women of the grooming gangs for whom Tommy Robinson advocates, as well as the braveness of Tommy himself to converse out towards the atrocity.

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  2. Joe Bloggs July 25, 2019

    Tommy Robinson is neither a sufferer or a saviour. He holds racist, anti immigrant, opinions. He has been imprisoned for breaking the regulation by trying to put particulars, and footage, of accused in a trial into the general public domain. ‘Fair cop gov’, In accordance to any affordable regulation abiding individual.

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    • Mike Bryant July 25, 2019

      Tommy Robinson IS a victim of people that will not respect free thought OR free speech. He holds opinions that you simply don’t like. Valuable snowflakes have to be shielded from ideas.

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    • C.B. Anderson July 25, 2019

      Joe Blow, You’re an ass-less ass that can’t inform the difference between truthful winds and noxious farts.

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      • James A. Tweedie July 26, 2019

        Whether I agree with Mr. Bloggs or not is irrelevant. What’s relevant is that he expressed an trustworthy opinion in response to a well-written poem. His opinion is shared by an awesome many people including–insofar as Mr. Robinson’s prolonged sentence is worried–the UK judicial system. It does nothing to improve the status of this website to mock, ridicule, scorn, demean and dehumanize those whose opinions might differ from yours or mine. Is there no room in the SCP group for these whose social or political beliefs diverge, even slightly, from those of the SCP majority–or, to be extra exact, its loudest members? If the mission of the SCP is to promote the sweetness and value of classical poetry then we undercut that mission once we drive prospective members and budding poets away just because they could see the world in another way than you or me. If SCP understands itself to be a politically conservative or right-wing conservative echo chamber then that should function prominently on our masthead so as not to mislead unsuspecting outsiders into a den of lions. No matter we’d say about thehypertexts, at the very least Michael Burch is up front about the place his website stands politically and socially. If SCP views itself because the counterweight or mirror image of that website then it should say so up entrance and cease pretending to claim that it’s about classical poetry slightly than politics.

  3. The Society July 26, 2019

    Pricey Mr. Tweedie,

    I highly respect your opinion and will do my greatest to reply.
    Whether or not I agree with Mr. Bloggs or not is irrelevant. What is related is that he expressed an trustworthy opinion in response to a well-written poem.

    ***I’m not so positive about this. The poem is dedicated to Mr. Robinson and is not about Mr. Robinson, it’s a few very actual state of affairs in history by which individuals are labeled categorically and dehumanized. We will see within the Joe Bloggs comment that he is doing what different British authorities have completed, which is label Mr. Robinson racist and anti-immigrant and use that as a justification for attacking him unjustly and now imprison him.

    His opinion is shared by an awesome many individuals together with–insofar as Mr. Robinson’s prolonged sentence is worried–the UK judicial system. It does nothing to enhance the status of this website to mock, ridicule, scorn, demean and dehumanize these whose opinions might differ from yours or mine. Is there no room in the SCP group for these whose social or political beliefs diverge, even slightly, from those of the SCP majority–or, to be extra exact, its loudest members?

    ***Individuals will argue and can disagree and offend each other naturally in an open forum, which is why we have now the coverage clearly said, albeit in nice print, on each single publish: “Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing [email protected] with the details and under the subject title Remove Comment.”

    ***Ms. Sobilo might have all or any feedback faraway from this submit.

    ***There are various great stories about immigrants, respecting a nation’s legal guidelines, and punishing those that break those legal guidelines we would definitely be prepared to publish. Would we publish a well-written anti-Tommy Robinson poem? It’s inside the realm of risk. We now have run environmental poems and human rights poems typically associated with the left.

    If the mission of the SCP is to promote the sweetness and worth of classical poetry then we undercut that mission once we drive potential members and budding poets away simply because they could see the world in a different way than you or me. If SCP understands itself to be a politically conservative or right-wing conservative echo chamber then that should function prominently on our masthead so as not to mislead unsuspecting outsiders into a den of lions. No matter we’d say about thehypertexts, a minimum of Michael Burch is up front about where his website stands politically and socially. If SCP views itself because the counterweight or mirror image of that website then it should say so up entrance and stop pretending to claim that it’s about classical poetry somewhat than politics.

    ***If those who learn, take pleasure in, and contribute to the Society’s poetry happen to be more conservatively bent then there’s little that the Society can do to change that, even if it needed to. I am the web site editor and the primary Journal editor and any publication will naturally have its leanings. If these leanings go too far, I’m open to criticism and will refer you to the disclaimer above. When it comes to mainstream science and drugs and the past established order of U.S.-China relations, the artwork world’s established order, and the poetry world’s established order, I might be characterized as very liberal. Nearly all of what the Society publishes has to do with beauty and is nonpolitical, although we do seem to have hit a relatively high quotient this week. I’ll take your remark as advice that this will not be a good way to proceed. When it comes to time sensitive pieces associated to the information and politics, I attempt to get these out shortly, resulting in the present state of affairs.

    -Evan Mantyk

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    • James A. Tweedie July 26, 2019

      Evan, In your reply, as all the time, you symbolize the very best and the perfect of SCP.

      For me, at the least, the important thing phrase in your response is “I highly respect your opinion.” I am, in fact, glad of that, however I actually don’t care whether you respect my opinion or not. My opinion (in your opinion) might, in reality, be worthy of contempt. What issues most is that by preserving your response each civil and articulately on point you’re displaying respect to me as a person, and that makes all of the difference on the earth. It additionally sets an instance for the rest of us. The best way I see it, to comply with your example can be one of the simplest ways for us to show our respect for you in return.

      I understand that you simply wouldn’t have management over what others publish in the feedback nevertheless it ought to be obvious that your current coverage to supply the choice for feedback to be removed was initiated in response to a few of the exact same considerations I’ve simply raised. By no means should my comment be seen as a criticism of you or your outstanding and commendable efforts to create, keep, and elevate this excellent website for the development of Classical poetry. It is largely because of you (and, in fact, the poetry) that I’m nonetheless here at all. In that context it ought to be clear that the questions and considerations I raised weren’t aimed in your path in any respect.

      Briefly, I do not assume that my comment and your response are mutually exclusive, but are, in truth, saying kind of the identical factor in two alternative ways. You and I would like the same thing for this website and I share your imaginative and prescient and embrace it to the complete. To comprehend and maintain that imaginative and prescient shall be up to each of us as we contribute the very best and one of the best we have now to supply, not only in our poetry, however in our comments and our conversations with each other as nicely.

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      • C.B. Anderson July 26, 2019

        I want I had in my heart the impulse to appease the Enemy, however I don’t. Joe Bloggs gets to say what he has to say, and so do I. And that’s pretty much that. You’ll have observed that his comments don’t have anything in any respect to do with prosody, and I answered in sort: Hier stehe ich. Ich kann nicht anders.

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