The Butterfly

The last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.
Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing
against a white stone....


Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly ’way up high.
It went away I’m sure
because it wished
to kiss the world good-bye.
For seven weeks I’ve lived in here,
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.
Only I never saw another butterfly.



That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don’t live in here, in the ghetto.


Pavel Friedman, June 4, 1942


Born in Prague on Jan. 7, 1921.
Deported to the Terezin Concentration Camp on April 26, 1942.
Died in Aushchwitz on Sept. 29, 1944.


In an effort to remember them, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies.


http://www.hmh.org/ed_butterfly1.shtml