05 October 2007

Intact It Birthed A Myth

The burned-out shell of Coventry’s St Michael’s
Cathedral stands stark in contrast to shrapnel
scarred facades of Cologne’s. A claim of whom
were Godless warmongers stains belligerent’s
battle honours, disgraces the bomb-aimers
whose fingers pressed release buttons where
fear of God did not despair. Bombs are dumb,
not good messengers – the proof can be seen
with 20th Century eyes. In Cologne we bought
picture postcards of their Cathedral amidst ruins,
fourteen aerial bombs did not shame its proud
stance – intact it birthed an irrepressible myth –
whereas St Michael’s ruins stay just the same.
© 5 October 2007, I.D. Carswell