Herbie Mann Comin' Home

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Damnatio Memoriae

Once the new power takes its hold, its grip firm and uncontested, then true criticism begin!

I voice that in the subjunctive, for it is too soon to know what courage we have, what sense of history, what sense of honor and especially justice.

It might be that, once seen for who they are, they will be renamed, and the names they did use be no longer evermore wanted.

That is the psychology of melodrama and legend. We will live with the names and the personages, and they will still have vocal defenders.

Some hour I will walk into near desert and hold turquoise.

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