Thursday, August 17, 2006

Oh so many years ago...

I'm going to be swamped with work for the next few weeks, and before you know it, we'll be inundated with nostalgia and knee deep in propaganda from all sides regarding the 5th anniversary. I took this photo 10 years ago - Lenin saluting the Twin Towers of Manhattan. It was a triumphal photo when I took it, Lenin forever hailing the symbols of Capitalism that laid his system low. But, as with everything, time has changed it's meaning. Their legacies are now both destroyed, ruins, their ghosts destined to inhabit a 21st Century that will grow and pass along with us, but without them.

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: —Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.


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