Army Mom’s Safe Haven

THE EMPTY BUNK

The battle in Mogadishu raged
in slow motion
ricocheting bullets
bouncing off the walls...
People down -
just wounded, not dead -
We don't die -
We can't die
We are Americans
We are Rangers.
We are arrogant.

Rush for the APC,
the Humvee
Pats on the back - we made it!
Shaking hands hold cigarettes
Relief is a tangible thing.
But adrenalin's still pumping
heart rate jumping -
High on Life,
for now -
Not yet time for the
"blue funk"
That will come later,
when we see the
empty bunk.

©Copyright April 10, 1999 by Christina