Tuesday, June 9, 2015

war is over

Darling Emma,

War is over. So they say. It seems we can still hear planes overhead at night. Or my ears are ringing. You know nighttime is when they buried the dead in this 'theater'. At dark so they couldn't be spotted. The ground is rock and the graves were shallow.
But that's over now here as our engineer unit has relocated down in Belgrade, reconstruction full speed ahead. It's dirty. And blue danube waltzing water is at a trickle. I long for a long long hot shower of home. And your beef-steak and gravy. We ride packed transit with the locals. I had a babushka woman stuffed so close to me her teeth were up against my shirt button. And she looked up peeking, no fear or suspicion, never taking her watery pale-blue eyes away from mine. Should I've asked her to dance? Oh! Speaking of showers - you gotta see this funny photo Charlie took of me when we were smashed. (There's no water, but the distillers are at full steam ahead.) We chased these kids away from a shattered dry bird bath in the town square and commandeered it. They scatter easy when you clap your hands. Just like little birds. I miss little morning sparrows that gathered at the sill beyond your kitchen sink. Do they come still? I can't remember why we chased those kids away.



Blogger Berowne said...

Imaginative, innovative, enjoyable response to the prompt.

6/10/2015 10:45 AM  
Blogger Kathe W. said...

so very creative and a bit sad to read. Hope he got home.

6/10/2015 4:07 PM  
Blogger Bekkie Sanchez said...

Excellent write! I feel this is what happened in the photo. Loved the line "They scatter easy when you clap your hands. Just like little birds." Downright poetic.

6/11/2015 11:12 AM  
Blogger Karen S. said...

Clever twist in your response, hopefully in the end all works out.

6/11/2015 6:05 PM  
Blogger Tess Kincaid said...

Excellent write...love love the babushka teeth thing...

6/14/2015 11:17 AM  
Blogger ~T~ said...

Not much room for sparrows in there. Nice!

6/15/2015 5:58 PM  

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