O mnie

Jestem jak droga polna, niczyja,  którą się mija,

Co nigdzie wiodła i wieść nie będzie, choć idzie wszędzie.

Dzieli mnie zawsze, tak jak tę drogę,
miedza od nieba,
a poco jestem pojąć nie mogę, bo mnie nie trzeba!

Nie byłem nigdy sobie, czy komu,
drogą do domu –
i dobrze życzę każdej godzinie
kiedy już minie.

Contact me

Ryszard Antolak

antolak@antolak.co.uk

 

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Iran, King Kong & Paradise Lost

In the latter years of his long successful life, Merian C. Cooper – the creator of the epic film “King Kong” – developed an inconsolable longing to return to the Zagros Mountains of Iran and live out his remaining days among the Bakhtiari nomads of the region. The idea haunted him periodically. All he needed, […]

Powrót na Sybir

Kilka dni temu Tadeusz Kotlarz powrócił na Sybir. Pierwszą podróż przed sześdziesięcioma pięcioma laty odbył jako więzień polityczny. Tym razem pojechał jako turysta z Anglii by odwiedzić miejsce swojej skrzywdzonej młodości.

W lutym 1940 pół miliona obywateli Polski, po lufami karabinów, zostało wyrzucone ze swoich domów, wprowadzone do bydlęcych wagonów, i wywiezione na obrzeża Związku […]

Forugh Farrokhzad: Wild Soul

[She] loved as in our age People already do no longer; as only The wild soul of a poet Is still condemned to love (Pushkin)

Ever since her tragic death in a car accident in 1967, Forugh Farrokhzad has been drawing thousands of visitors to the Zahir-al-Doleh cemetery in Tehran. They come to lay […]

Where the Bee Sucks

I remember summer afternoons, walking home from school through meadows choked with thousands upon thousands of wild flowers. Every blossom seemed to vibrate with humming bumble-bees: they were everywhere.

We would catch them in jam jars and hold them captive for an hour to two while we argued about which of us had caught […]

Slow Education.

Ever more strongly, teachers are encouraged to hurry children along as quickly as possible from one level to the next, through every successive grade and every examinable hoop we can measure.

The aim appears to be to destroy the child’s ignorance and innocence as ruthlessly as we can, to take away his raw experience […]

At the Grave of Farid-al-din Attar (شیخ فریدالدین عطّار)

Neishapur, north eastern Iran

Mausoleum of Attar, Neshapur.© R.Antolak

Grandfather. Don’t you recognise me?

The journey has been long and difficult to reach you.

They’ve covered your tomb with a glass box, so I can’t touch you. But I circle around you, my hand gliding over the smooth surface. How lightly you seem […]

Journey to Alamut, Home of the Assassins.

 

Hasan Sabbeh

“In a beautiful valley enclosed between two lofty mountains was created a magnificent garden stored with every delicious fruit and every fragrant shrub…By means of small conduits in magnificent buildings, streams of wine, milk, honey and pure water flowed in every direction. …and in order that none might stray into […]

Zesłanie na Sybir 1940

Droga Na Wschód

Helena Woloch Antolak 1941

Kiedy patrzę wstecz, co widzę?

Pogoda w lecie, 1939 r. była ciepła. Świeciło słonce jakby chciało nas ogrzać na wiele lat przyszłych, które miały być takie ciężkie. Któż mógłby pomyśleć wtedy że tysiące Polaków zginie w dzikiej Azji, że będziemy wypędzeni na daleką, zimną Syberię? […]

Survival of the spontaneous

Gustav Klimt

There is another kind of Evolution that exists side by side with Darwin’s Survival of the Fittest, the Strongest, the Smartest.

In this alternative evolutionary process, physical survival is not the test of wisdom.

This kind of life can best be described in words which today carry a negative connotation: extravagant, […]

Wi-fi in Primary School

Wi-fi danges in school

Why is no-one talking about Wi-Fi in schools? Are we the only country that is complacent about this environmental pollutant?

In 2015, France banned Wi-Fi from all nursery schools; Wi-Fi in France must be turned off in elementary schools when not in use,

In Israel, preschool through 2nd […]