Monuments

The structure, the history, the identity

Which holds more truth?

Can one exist without the others?

There is beauty in most monuments.

This can exist alone.

But is beauty in the eye of the beholder?

History is important to the whole world

But whose history?

Stories are written by the victors.

We all treasure our deep identity

Religious and national

Or of many things dear to our souls.

I once visited a mosque in Córdoba.

It held a Christian alter,

An electric polisher was hard at work.

A monument to the modern?

To unity of faiths?

To all it touched?

Or a mere symbol of human diversity and persistence.

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~ by Anne Powles on April 17, 2019.

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