‘Nothing is less visible than a Monument’
—Robert Musil

I remember going to the Monument
in Phoenix Park as a child, but
it never occurred to ask what
it commemorated. Later on,
there was the Garden of Remembrance
although I still did not understand
the significance of the Easter Rising
for Irish history or for me.
Yad Vashem too has a garden—
after the depiction of human acts
almost beyond our imagination.
There are trees of life planted
for named people, of blessed memory.
But I wonder if it reminds us
of our common humanity or engenders
the despair that sustains intolerance
and allows us to forget?