Recurring Dream

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Recurring Dream

1968 somewhere in the jungles of Vietnam2016-02-18_1550men slowly walking
eyes fearfully searching
they search the dark deep undergrowth
peer among the tall green elephant grass
haltingly their eyes search the tops of trees
fitfully they the move in the much booby-trapped jungle
smelling the air as they go and breathe..
there are no sounds in the jungle
no bird flapping their wings
no hissing of snakes or monkeys jumping from tree to tree
there is a frightful stillness in the air
a twig cracks loudly somewhere in the deep jungle
every soldier stops and freezes
sweat flows freely from under helmets
time stops
the soldiers put a halt to their breathing
a silent hand signal is given simultaneously to a man
in position one and all drop to one knee
this is the beginning of the recurring dream
it hasn’t been mention yet the ambush the yelling
and the screaming!
Clyde A. Wray
February 18, 2016
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