Up in the morning, luke-warm
Shower and laundered uniform
Dirtied later, but clean now.
Coffee at the command post
XO crafts an email to a girl he
Met online; nothing better
To do. Gear-up, load-up, depart
The FOB and hit town.
Get hit by town.
Random explosions from everywhere
Trash shouldn’t explode, sidewalks
Shouldn’t explode but these ones do.
Must be faulty – whole damn country’s faulty
Detain dirty smelly men, return to
FOB drenched in sweat, sometimes
Blood. Strip gear off, clean the trucks
Play a video game, skype your wife
Watch DVD’s and eat pizza and fries
From the chow hall. Use your iPod
Until it’s time to go back out again into
The red zone; but for now relax
Behind concrete T-walls; A war tourist.
More akin to the post-Surge style tour of Iraq; individual experiences may vary