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February 17, 2013 / Fantelius

Reflections in Marble


Where are the arrogant rulers who stood framed in marble?
Their reflection disappeared with a cloud.
Their green laws and red rules were swallowed by the wind.
Their luxury blended into dust and sand.
Their statues cannot be imagined among the grass.

Most of them have disappeared into the nothingness beyond memory. Some cling to a dark surface of a dusty book waiting to be devoured by a bug. A few hide in some digital holes. A handful are kept in trophy cases as examples of how destructive a human can be.

All of them could be discarded with a single flush.



“Pebbles, dust and sand,
the remains of greatness in history’s hand.”
Dartwill Aquila


(Tomorrow: The Old House and Nature’s Fate)

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  1. Alf Ohlsson / Feb 17 2013 10:53 am

    Regarding: Reflections in Marble

    In today’s posting you suggest that the pillar is made
    of marble. My impression is that rather than being
    marble, it is either granite or gneiss. In the lower
    left corner there are typical reflections from mica
    and there is also a high content of feldspar. As it

    Probably the pillar is made out of granitic gneiss.
    This material can be polished to a finish which is
    more glossy than even the hardest marble.

    Marble is typically a younger stone material:
    limestone which has been under high pressure
    in a rather recent metamorphic process.

    This remark has no significance for the relevance
    of today’s posting.

    / AO

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