The 1932 3Af Claret by Richard Krech
THE 1932 3Af CLARET
In July of 1932 the Afghan post office
issued its first regular series of stamps
displaying a pictorial design.
Instead of being confined to geometric patterns
and calligraphy, these postage stamps
depicted modern and ancient monuments
and buildings in Afghanistan.
The three Af value, printed in claret
on thick paper, had an image
of the giant buddha statue
carved into the mountain at Bamiyan
some fifteen-hundred years before.
The entire series was questioned
but criticism of the 3Af was particularly fierce
because the stamp portrayed a graven image
of the Bamiyan Buddha. The 3Af was withdrawn
from circulation in September of 1932.
Sixty nine years later the government
of Afghanistan destroyed the statues themselves.
The course of human progress
winds both backwards and forwards
as it journeys on its path
towards what end?
HAND TO HAND COMBAT
It comes down to the things
you can hold in your hand.
Your head, for example
or the objects you encounter
in your daily routines.
“You should know that concept
like a room you know
with its furniture
& be comfortable with it” she said.
Making things personal
so we can pick them up
understand them and move our lives
in the direction we want.
Using objects to get beyond them—
the constancy of change & movement
the only fixed star.
The horizon approaching.