Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mummies Against Prostitutes - The Last Revolutionary Combat

Mummies Against Prostitutes: The Last Revolutionary Combat / Jose Hugo
Posted on November 25, 2013

Havana, Cuba. November, www.cubanet/org — The prostitutes of Havana
never inspire as much pity as when we see them accompanied by those
mummies of European and US Stalinism who today constitute their VIP
clientele. Really you have to have a heart of stone not only to go to
bed with such a stinky and gassy old fogy but even to barely endure his

As soon as they disembark on the Island, without shaking off the dust of
the road, these old gentlemen feed their spirit going to the Plaza de la
Revolution and the Che sanctuary in Santa Clara. Then, invariably, it is
time for dessert. So they get naked in Obispo Street in Havana, around
Central Park or on La Rampa, in pursuit of our little hookers, the last
flashes of the beacon of America.

"What a waste, buddy," exclaim the gentlemen from around here on seeing
them bargaining, while the women whisper, teasingly, and the oldest ones
are scandalized at "the turns life has taken here." But they continue on
their way, business as usual, confident, it seems, that they have left
respectability in safekeeping, beyond the sea, along with their ancient

If it were possible to take into account decency or common sense when
dealing with this wildlife, you would have to ask why, at least, they do
not attempt to take the prostitutes to some place apart, where they
would be waiting for them without the need to expose themselves so
boldly to absurdity and ridicule. But that's not how they are. It is
obvious that they have resolved to enjoy as God commands their last
revolutionary orgy, now that only the devil knows the sacrifice that it
cost to organize it, gathering for years the remnants of their salaries
as retirees.

What a pity that there are no statistics that reflect how many
casualties the worldwide revolution has suffered as a consequence of the
heart attacks provoked by these encounters between the mummy veterans
and our mud blossoms of the Fidelist legacy. In any case, they would say
they'd died for socialism, if they managed to say anything, before
shutting their trap, in the end, forever.

"Old age is an incurable disease," Terentius warned us. But it may be
that he was not right, at least in this situation. I believe that my
grandmother was more accurate, and did not agree that people lose shame
as they age because now nothing matters to them. He who has no shame in
old age — she used to say — never had any.

José Hugo Fernández

Cubanet, 21 November 2013

Translated by mlk.

Source: "Mummies Against Prostitutes: The Last Revolutionary Combat /
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