Glass, Periwinkle and A Poem

27 Jan

I’ve set up my glass workshop again now that we won’t be needing the dining room for a while and I’ve cut a couple of pieces today ready for Valentine’s Day.

Blue glass from the Victorian window

Using off-cut glass

There are periwinkles in flower in the front garden.

Today’s poem is “If This Is A Man” by Primo Levi on this Holocaust Memorial Day.

“The following words were written by Primo Levi, a Jew who suffered, during World War II, in the Nazi work camp known as Monowitz, aka Auschwitz III.

 “If this is a man”.

You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find, returning in the evening,
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider if this is a man
Who works in the mud
Who does not know peace
Who fights for a scrap of bread
Who dies because of a yes or a no.
Consider if this is a woman,
Without hair and without name
With no more strength to remember,
Her eyes empty and her womb cold
Like a frog in winter.
Meditate that this came about:
I commend these words to you.
Carve them in your hearts
At home, in the street,
Going to bed, rising;
Repeat them to your children,
Or may your house fall apart,
May illness impede you,
May your children turn their faces from you.



Posted by on January 27, 2022 in garden, nature, Photography, poetry, Postaday2022


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2 responses to “Glass, Periwinkle and A Poem

  1. Helen

    January 27, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Primo Levi was such a wonderful man. I have read most of his work and today is a very good day to remember him 😔

  2. Judith+Butler

    January 27, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    The hearts are beautiful Sally. You are so clever. Take care Love Judith x


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