Test Fire

—south of Jalawla

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Af­ter we drive through the bar­ren hills where the earth un­rolls it­self for miles, where the soil’s as stale as boxed cook­ies sent from the Youngstown USO, the gunners fire ma­chine­guns at the ridge wall’s face—small dust-ex­plo­sions lift to the sky like faded desert larks while the rest of us shoot from our knees, our chests, as cop­per cas­ings rain like loose change across the dirt, then as we con­voy back to Co­bra from nowhere the Be­douin come to col­lect the shells & stuff them in sacks & af­ter they go: only boot & foot­prints, a care­ful cur­sive of tire-tracks.

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