Don’t go far off, not even for a day,
because I don’t know how to say it - a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in
an empty station when the trains are
parked off somewhere else, asleep.
Don’t leave me, even for an hour, because then
the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.
Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve
on the beach, may your eyelids never flutter
into the empty distance. Don’t LEAVE me for
a second, my dearest, because in that moment you’ll
have gone so far I’ll wander mazily
over all the earth, asking, will you
come back? Will you leave me here, dying?
Glass and stone necklace with pendants in the shape of mandrake leaves
The mandrake plant was used as a narcotic and a sedative but also for its hallucinogenic and aphrodisiac properties. Needless to say this was a very popular plant and its leave were considered to have erotic influences.
Found in Saqqara
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1450 BC
Source: Leiden Museum of Antiquities
Sa pagwika’y ninais
Kang saktang labis
Mabulaklak na mga labi’y
Tumula sa binibini
Ng bulaklak na sinidhi
Sa lason at tinik.
Bato’y ipinukol at pinalipad
Doo’y iniwangis. Inihalintulad.
Hindi pa doo’y natuto’t
Niyurakan pa ang tapat na puso.
Hinila ang sinulid
Na nakakabit sa sakit na ikinubli.
Ngunit pagdamda’y kinalimutang pilit,
Mga luha at hikbi’t
Kinumutan ng katahimkan ng gabi.
Matatalas na mga bulong,
Dalawang dila ng tusong
Sumusuka ng balisong
Umulila ng matang mugto.
Ngunit tanto mo sana, giliw,
At sana’y iyong mawari
Ang mga salitang sinabi’y
Nababalot ng pagsisinungaling.
I AM SO SORRY.
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, a German photographer and ardent Nazi named Hugo Jaeger enjoyed unprecedented access to the Third Reich’s upper echelon, traveling with Adolf Hitler to massive rallies and photographing him at intimate parties and in quieter, private moments. The photos made such an impression on the Führer that Hitler famously declared, upon first seeing Jaeger’s work: “The future belongs to color photography.”
But beyond merely chronicling Hitler’s ceaseless travels, Jaeger also documented the brute machinery of the Reich, including the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. Here, on the anniversary of the official establishment of the Warsaw Ghetto in October 1940, LIFE.com presents a series of photos from Warsaw and from the town of Kutno, 75 miles west of the Polish capital, in 1939 and 1940. Adding perspective to the images is an essay (below) by Justyna Majewska, discussing just what Jaeger’s haunting images can still tell us about that era, three-quarters of a century after they were made.
See the photos here on LIFE.com