Some thoughts on Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Ireland: To quote William Faulkner, “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.”

While contemplating
The Queen’s visit to Ireland,
some famous quotes came to mind:

The first was William Faulkner’s:
“The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.”
Was this ever truer than for
Her Majesty’s four-day visit this week?

Another quote, this one from Shaw:
“We learn from history
that we learn nothing from history.”
That one always fits in somewhere.
But where does it fit here?

Another –by Jorge Santayana:
“Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.”
[For good measure, another from Santayana:
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”
–I have a soft spot for
Santyana’s old-cold, wise-cold eye.]
What is Santayana saying to us here?

What did I expect from the Queen’s trip?
Not much –I made a lame quip on Facebook:
[e.g: Her Irish visit was an excuse to wear her Green Hat:
If they reinstituted the Hat Tax they’d
be able to cover that Security Bill.]

But as the visit progressed
and I was subjected to
–with some very lame coverage
by a vain-vapid-venal-facile media–
I began to see that the Queen’s trip
was becoming a trip down
Dublin’s Memory Lane
and it was not going to be easy.

Dublin’s Memory Lane has many painful memories.
In fact, on Dublin’s Psychic-Map
that we all carry with us
I’d forgotten that
if you take a left on Memory Lane
you find yourself on Via Dolorosa.

I was being forced to take it all
more seriously than a lame Hat Tax joke.

How about you?


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