Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

The War Reporter Paul Watson and the Boys in a Crater

Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

The War Reporter Paul Watson and the Boys in a Crater

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full of water. Joy could be agony

from a certain angle. Wet clothes sticking

to their bodies like cauls. Dead wires, bent pipes

dangling from the apartment block behind

sheared-off walls. Summertime in Aleppo

and the blue sky is breezy. Blue water

from a blasted mains. Bright blue bicycle

parked in the rubble. In an instant joy

should be sorrow. One boy twists, his friend leaps

at us. Another boy in purple pants

considers, in danger of getting knocked

flat by the lunger. One boy is rising

from his dip, football jersey wicking, hips

flexing as if surfing, pockets jam-packed

with something. Like what? Another boy's dropped

to his knees, collar of splashing water

almost regal around his neck, ulu

-lating with ecstasy, maybe. …

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