Thursday, October 1, 2009

At Queen's Park - day 56

When I arrived at Queen's Park it was little later than usual. A celebration of the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China was just about to end. I was wondering if that event was genuinely celebrated by people. In Poland everything communist was looked on as an oppression by the majority, as I remember it, and there were not many who actually belied in the ideology. The red communist flag was associated with Soviet oppression. As school kids we were taken from school to parades and government sponsored celebrations, but nobody would want to carry the red flags. There were usually half and half, red and red and white flags, and the white-red ones were always taken first.

Everybody is smiling, and there are dragons and drums, and a lot of red flags with five pointed stars.

The old big tree is gone. That's how things happen here. One day you're the highest tree in the loose one branch in the wind, and the next day you are taken down to the ground and all that is left is the biggest stump. Not for long either. They will soon remove the stump as well, and there will be no trace of the biggest tree at Queen's Park that stood there for more than a hundred years.

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