“To lie in the soft brown earth,
with the grasses waving above one's head,
and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow.
To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.”
- Oscar Wilde
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Monument to the memory of Irish Hunger Strikers, Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
There is perhaps no more extreme way to exercise personal freedom in defiance of an occupying force than by hunger strike. This monument is a memorial to twenty-two such individuals who died as a result of hunger strikes. One of the elements which I find most disturbing about this memorial is the blank space which remains on the right hand side of the stone, as though it is waiting for more names.