Point Man

Walking single file
along a jungle trail
I remember wondering
what must it be like
to walk point
not knowing what’s
beyond the next turn
a wired bomb
hanging shoulder high
high enough
to take off your head
An ambush
of cracking AK 47’s
from beyond
the darkness
A face-to-face
surprise meeting
of your enemy
as you push
back the jungle
“who will be
first to draw”
The point man
meets the enemy
face to face
as he fires a burst
from his M-15
low to high
killing one
and wounding
the wounded runs
until he bleeds
to death
A rucksack
full of money
and documents
covered in blood
sent to the rear
to be cleaned...

© 2006 Jim Cain