MEMORY and REMEMBERING
“There are non-material forces, which cannot be measured precisely, but which nonetheless carry weight.”
– Umberto Eco
“The evidence shows that this is how the murder was committed”
– From “A Fratricide”– Franz Kafka
“In this great future, you can’t forget your past”.
Conscience strikes ten-nineteen!
I returned to Memory where every one here had a fantastic alibi.
But Memory remembers the fratricide that crested the fortified hill.
Comrade, How do you plug a leaking memory?
An island is just a puny plot; a scar upon the water, according to Cesaire.*
Islands are too small to retain memory and hard feelings;smallness smothers the senses.
But how do you forget a blood-drenched memory?
Memory taunts a flaccid conscience and incites a moral unease.
What do you do when you wake up to Bouguereau’s The First Mourning?
Comrade, How will we wade through October’s crimson lavalasse?
*“Islands that are scars upon the water”- taken from Aime Cesaire’s Return to My Native Land.