And they’ve really started to tumble down –
No, not talking here about Jack and Jill,
But statues commemorating Great Men;
Men with less than desirable CV’s.
Now let me pose a question:
Statues of these men (and they are all men)
Who once in their day were considered great
Are for many now, just considered not -
Generals, Politicians one and all
Who once committed execrable crimes
Coincidentally? against dark skinned folks
Via slavery, extermination and its ilk.
So destroy, remove from sight,
Then reverence in the form of a statue
No longer exists. Yes – but History
Is also lost and the World can forget…..
It is thoughtless people in action here
(Not an unusual phenomenon)
Who must wish to destroy such memory
(From which few have ever learnt anyway –
But there’s hope). So a solution might be:
Secure to their usually ample base
In metal, a roll call of their acts
For all to see: Is that too much to ask?