THE CRUELTY IN IRONY

Do you often think there is a certain cruelty in irony that really came home to me today on a visit to Alcatraz Island.  We did the night tour or more accurately the twilight tour, which was quite beautiful to watch the sun go down with the fading light streaming through the iron bars of the old prison library.  Just beyond the far side of the library were the solitary cells.  We were told prisoners were kept in there for a week at a time and there were two solid doors for each cell.  The prisoners with both doors closed would have been in pitch black.  The cruel irony was that this was the spot in the prison where the cells got the most sun.  I couldn’t help wonder whether a designer with a cruel sense of humor was behind it or if it was a just a cruel coincidence.  Glad it is nothing more than a tourist attraction now.