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sad eyes
from deep within 
cold sockets

He lay there in silence, concealed for the moment
No movement now for about an hour and he had 
consumed five cigarettes handily.
Geez he thought, enough already, give me a break.
Give me a patrol or something.  The three or so men
he had shot earlier had finally stopped making noises.
“What is that?” he thought as light changed through
the leaves in front of his face.  Leaning forward into the
reeds slightly he was soon almost nose to nose with the 
big cat.  He knew he was dead already, but he slowly
pulled out the revolver.  The Bengal seemed to sense
the defiant nature of the young soldier.  He was only 
on the prowl having just feasted on a water buffalo.
Looking for a place to rest he was in no mood for 
confrontation, so he moved on.  The young man 
mused on it for a while.  Happy in the fact that he was
not harmed, yet visibly disturbed by “why not”.  

truth floats 
on the shifting wind
a higher power

Copyright © Charles Henderson


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  1. Date: 1/31/2016 11:22:00 PM

    why not. We all ask this occasionally. It is not our time. Enjoyed reading.