Each word, each act, each memory requires recording
at the instant spoken, acted or remembered, including
a tone of voice, contextualization of events, and editorial
asides deemed worthy of remark to spur history’s dialog.
Details from savvy observers can strangle propaganda:
peculiar conditions cited best prove the memory true.
Reports sent home must survive the authority’s rigorous sift;
“shock” and “dismay” tighten tongues of those entitled
to access; the streets of capitals flutter with dead leaves
that after cordoning will advise the press and populate
the manuscripts elucidating compromise. Built on lies?
Realpolitik? Or pusillanimous pretenders to leadership?