Ideabird 10/12/12

The journalist had been traveling to the country since he was a missionary’s son, and knew some of the old revolutionaries for himself. While waiting for an interview with the newest members of the party congress he wanders the hallway, looking at the portraits. Originally there had been photos of the old guard, grizzled and missing teeth—hard, blunt men. The photos had been replaced with paintings, showing them as clean, upright visionaries. Their successors wore suits, clean and pressed. The portraits of the latest generation showed politicians who were primped and sculpted, soft-handed and hard bodied. No match for the hard, blunt men he had seen in the countryside on his way here.

© Tony Jonick 2013