1956 saw my birth
and the devil’s rope gain ground.
I have yet learnt to fly
where the movie star failed
to jump the wire
in the Great Escape movie.
I did not leave a country by force only umbilically in a Chelsea hospital.
You left your motherland that year,
as I left my own,
and we returned together decades later to rust in old blood.
in every crime scene
‘1956’ by Magdolna Ban
1988, oil on canvas,
Bridgeman Art Library, Private Collection
One company (in Wales U.K.) has made, and sold, in excess of one million rolls of barbed wire a.k.a. devil’s rope – enough to go 5 times around the world.