Burning of Manuscripts
The hubris of religious bigotry,
as ancient manuscripts are torched,
burnt to cinders.
The searing furnace of fanaticism,
rages on and on,
history itself vanishes,
amidst the smouldering embers.
The arrogance of prejudice,
in all its countless incarnations,
ablaze with self-righteous conceit,
as the smoke billows,
smearing a greying sky,
with the ashes of history,
above a library in Timbuktu.
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