Gaze upon a woman's face,
her features may be fair or plain,
but looks alone will not reveal
what turns her sunshine into rain.
Injustice wounds and sorrow hurts,
so she in secret plots a path
to smuggle Jewish infants from
the ghetto and the Nazi's wrath.
In Warsaw working for her pay,
a plumber's tool box, empty space,
the smallest hidden one by one
soon taken to a safer place
until the time when she was caught
by soldiers armed to maim and kill
who broke each limb and beat her blue
but couldn't break her iron will.
The lives of thousands saved by one
whose virtue scaled the heights and won.
(This lady worked for the underground resistance in German occupied Warsaw during WW2, a Polish Roman Catholic nurse/social worker. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.)