Peter Clarke (1929 - )

mixed media
50 x 35cm

One can only wonder
about the person who so easily,
deliberately, destroys volumes
containing the ages-old intellectual efforts
of a vast variety of writers
who have contributed & are contributing
to the enlightenment of
One can but wonder if
by incinerating books
he who does so
really believes knowledge & curiosity
will cease to exist
& that the so-called power he represents
will remain firm & absolute
because there exists
only the silence of ignorance.

2005 Michael Stevenson. All rights reserved.