We Survived Them

For a solemn opening
of his post-mortem exhibit
he will arrive and stand by me
in his old grey sweater.

Nobody will see him
only I will look at him.
He will say:
— We survived them.

— Anna Świrszczyńska
(Translated by Czeslaw Milosz)

An editor and poet, Anna Świrszczyńska (Swir) joined the Polish resistance movement during WWII, where she wrote for underground publications. She worked as a nurse during the 63-day Warsaw Uprising against Nazi occupation forces. More than 650,000 people joined the Polish resistance against the Germans in one way or another.