Christina A. Sharik

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.