Polish Literature: The Inquietude by
(1921 - 1942)
The day is like the inquietude of Chopin’s music,
The birds, scared away from their nests are circling
Low above the earth,
They are listening, afraid…
Quietness in the nature, warmth is like before a storm.
From the West, low, dark clouds flow.
Waylaid fear strikes into the heart.
I want to walk on soggy roads,
Listen to the sound of wind,
Hunt the breath of spring time,
Feel the deepest feeling,
Find quietness in love.
I am walking, unable to find, keep changing and returning.
Somewhere far a way, village hamlets are left behind.
Clouds flew to the East,
And on the east side,
Lonely, leaning, dark trees endure,
In the wind, and in the quietness,
They are swung by the inquietude.
■ Grażyna Chrostowska was born on 21 October, 1921 in Lublin, Poland. She was a member of the underground KOP (Komenda Obrońców Polski) organization during the Nazi Germany occupation of Poland. She was arrested by Gestapo in Lublin on 8 May, 1941. Together with her sister she was sent to the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp on 23 September, 1941. On 18 April, 1942, Grażyna Chrostowska (aged 21) and her sister were executed by firing squad in the camp. 8 hours before her death, she wrote the poem titled “The Inquietude” (Niepokój).