Mike Subritzky

NZATMC – AP Lima: Rhodesian War

I thought of you this morning beloved –
in the shattered dawning light
as we ‘stood-down’ from the alert
and I secured the starlight scope;
and we rested from last night.

I thought of you later beloved –
as Pete Shaw (the medic) and I
checked African kids for scabies
and pregnant African mothers
and old African men with TB… who were waiting to die.

I thought of you just after twelve beloved –
as we stopped to wash and take a break
but then they brought the wounded guerrillas in
from Francistown; with blood
and bile and bandages…
and then I thought no more of anything.