Sunday, 26 January 2014

What do we call this?

Moonpaper, crumpled

parchment leaves lie torn, alone

in the lotusdark

shattered peace so much

debris from a bomb blast and

no one to clean up.

The  Islamic Museum of Art in Cairo has been majorly damaged in a bomb blast targeting the Police HQ.  Collateral damage, I guess.  


  1. Your description of the damage along with the fact nobody is left from the original target is moving. I don't know what is more saddening, the destruction or its aftermath.

    1. The Museum will be restored someday no doubt, but what's lost is lost. No one wants to clean up the political fall out. Of course human lives come first, but its heartbreaking to see art and heritage just destroyed so randomly. Thanks for reading, Brendan.

    2. It is like every time something like this happens, a part of history vanishes, as if it never even existed. The burning of the library at Alexandria, the burning of books during the Nazi reign in Germany, the looting of artifacts from the pyramids, the blowing up of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan and the looting from the Aztec and Mayan ruins in Southern America.
      What are we if not the result of our actions that long back?