Soldiers move across the landscape of bunkers and foxholes
as helicopters float down from the blue sheath of sky
stretched from tree line to tree line

Laughter and music wax and wane between mortar and artillery fire
as the smell of diesel thick wafts above human waste pits
overflowed with stench

So much blood sweat and tears shed for this empty firebase
in the middle of a jungle half way around the world

2006 Jim Cain