Friday, January 06, 2006

Brian Turner -- Asbah

From NPR: An American soldier in Iraq writes a book of haunting poems, Here, Bullet.


  • Brian Turner reads "Ashbah"

  • The ghosts of American soldiers
    wander the streets of Balad by night,
    unsure of their way home, exhausted,
    the desert wind blowing trash
    down the narrow alleys as a voice
    sounds from the minaret, a soulfull call
    reminding them how alone they are,
    how lost. And the Iraqi dead,
    they watch in silence from rooftops
    as date palms line the shore in silhouette,
    leaning toward Mecca when the dawn wind blows.

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