Cloister

If only

I could be cloistered in The Cloisters

That beautiful structure

Standing in the center of a gorgeous park

At the highest point in Manhattan

A park so peaceful

A place so open

A world so green

Looking out over the Hudson River

With the sun shining on the water.

If only

I could look out

From the top of the stone ramparts

Filled with history

That tell the story

Of a massive battle.

Fought closer to home

Than we could feel

From our classrooms in the West.

Out here

This battle

Took place

Where. We. Are.

When it is no longer far away

We have no choice

But to take note.

Remember.

History. Is. Now.

Make it what you want

The future to reflect on.

So, this is kind of interesting: canal. Way or route are the first two words that jump into my head when I think of the word canal, but interestingly enough, that brings me to something else. I recently got back from D.C. and while I was there I watched a program called “Assume the Position” by Robert Wuhl (“Arliss”). “Assume the Position” is all about how history is shaped by who writes it, and how often times the legend of a story becomes the fact in historical writing/teaching even though it is not truly a fact. There are several factors why, none of which make the legends actually true. This brings me to my next point: Columbus (and how route/canal are tied together in this case). Often times in American schools it is taught that Columbus was trying to prove that the earth is round with his voyage…but that is not actually the truth. Scientists and great thinkers had already proven that the earth was round…but what he really wanted was a faster trade route to India…Although I was already aware of this fact, I thought it was interesting to bring up in relation to the prompt because they fit so perfectly together. “Assume the Position” is also very funny and interesting, so I recommend you check it out! I get no kickbacks from advertising this, I just think you might enjoy it!

https://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Assume-the-Position-with-Mr-Wuhl/70076243

 

 

Please take a look at the video below as it is so cute and so funny. These guys are hilarious! Also, while you’re at it: check out Lin-Manuel’s fabulous book (and I’m sure it will sell out quickly on Amazon when it comes out on April 12th…so hurry because you don’t want to miss it). Here’s the direct link to Hamilton: The Revolution

 

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Plus…here’s some Hamilton fun below!