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On Seeing the New MLK Statue for the First Time

This controversial statue was revealed in Boston in 2023. The prompt was "drops of water." And yes, I took poetic license in changing the material from bronze/metal to granite/stone, but you get the gist. Dismembered arms embrace But where’s the humanity in faceless limbs fashioned from granite? Intended to unify, the artist’s vision fosters division among onlookers until a deluge of rain descends and seekers scatter. The statue glistens proudly despite the missed opportunity to capture a joyful moment. And the writer realizes that even drops of water from heaven itself can’t soften stone.


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