Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday's Children by Afzal Moolla

The Burning of Manuscripts


The hubris of religious bigotry,

is chilling,

as ancient manuscripts are torched,

burnt to cinders.


The searing furnace of fanaticism,
rages on and on,

history itself vanishes,

amidst the smouldering embers.


The arrogance of prejudice,

in all its countless incarnations,

runs amok,
ablaze with self-righteous conceit,

as the smoke billows,

smearing a greying sky,
with the ashes of history,

above a library in Timbuktu.

Copyright © 2013 by Afzal Moolla

This rant is written in responce to a recent terrorist attack by Islamist rebels in Mali where they burned a library to the ground that contained many ancient scrolls and manuscripts.

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