Friday, 11 November 2011

Beauty

One becomes amazingly receptive after two years' dearth of the pure elements of Earth. What it means to have around the hills and meadows, fields and forests, after prison grills and walls; the scent of flowers instead of smoke and steam from damp clothing; bird chorus instead of the grind of machinery day and night – that cannot be put into words.
From pamphlet In Prison - Yet Free by Eva Herman,
a Quaker imprisoned 1943-45 by Nazis for befriending Jews.