Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

War Cam

Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

War Cam

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Standing in the den, Dad promises

"You're gonna love this," circles us

around the TV. I question Mom

with a bowed eyebrow. She answers

with shrugging shoulders. Dad poses

like an Olympian-legs apart, left hand on hip,

right raised in the air,

though no torch there,

only a cassette. His golf buddies snicker

into their gin-and-tonics.

Dad bends over the tape machine.

His pants strain but hold-a miracle

in plaid. The tape ticks, the screen flickers

to life. Dad rolls over and gropes for his drink.

Mom wrinkles her forehead into three distinct

parallel lines.

A tiny square-patch of white on grey background-

appears in the screen's cross-hairs.

"Got the tape from an Air Force pal," Dad says.

We fly toward the shape, looking like somebody's house.

The building rushes into the darkness of our den.

I glimpse something scattering on the screen,

before the camera shatters the house

into a thousand points of static. …

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