It is a sad reflection on our modern times when iconic landmarks cannot be clearly viewed. Be it Buckingham Palace, The White House, or hundreds of other key tourist destinations, they are enclosed in cordons of concrete bollards and barricades.
While one might appreciate the security concerns about the safety of heads of state, these obstacles (and often eyesores) also surround many museums as well. Holocaust museums, okay, but art galleries? How have we come to this point that society is so broken that everyplace where the public might gather is in need of fortification?
Historic places, monuments all
Museums, palaces, national malls
Our heritage is there for all to see
But photos come with difficulty
Try as you may, and try as you might
It’s hard to keep the barricades
Out of your camera’s sights
Weekend Writing Prompt #135 – Barricade in 136 words