Czeslaw Milosz and Solidarity
The following is extracted from an article by Peter Dale Scott in Brick Magazine (number 78):
The prequel is a quotation from Adam Michnik:
I remember that when I once was arrested the police found a box of treatises by Milosz in my apartment. And during the interrogation the officer was saying, ‘Mr Michnik, do you believe that with the help of this little poetry you are going to win against Communism?’
And we won.
And the following is from the body of Peter Dale Scott’s article. He quotes some lines from a poem that Czeslaw Milosz wrote in 1950. The poem, You Who Wronged, was a warning to ephemeral dictators in all lands and in all times:
You who wronged a simple man
Bursting into laughter at the crime, . . .
Do not feel safe. The poet remembers.
You can kill one, but another is born.
The words are written down, the dead, the
And you’d have done better with a winter
A rope, and a branch bowed beneath your