Desert Memories

True desert memories of my time spent in the Libyan desert evoked by a beautiful poem by yassy66

The link in the last senryu gives the details of how a young soldier lost his life by   ignoring orders. Not a friend of mine, but we were comrades in arms.


HAIKUSENRYU

night time desert… cold
can freeze… belies the hot days
no moon… pitch black night
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daytime desert… hot
the sun takes no prisoners
yet nature survives
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tortoise… chameleons
scorpions… puff adders… flies
shy desert wonders
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two four week tours
my work… I endured
free time exploring
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North Africa
unhospitable deserts
watermelons… cool
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there are hidden fears
world war two ammunitions
bomb… mines… shells… killers
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look… don’t touch… report
standing orders …. don’t deny
one did and died

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© Mick E Talbot 2017/66

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