Magazine | July 29, 2019, Issue

Army Base, South of Jerusalem, Friday Night

(David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

1
In the first deep darkness,
during lit candles and prayer,
I walked alone past the mess hall with my phone.

2
Cold, the phone cold to the touch.
The news from home was not good.
Her voice in the dark was a small dry bell.
The searchlight flashed along the fence.

3
Back in the tent,
a deep bulb-lit quiet
of men reading.
Haggard cats
huddled near the heater.
I read;
and stopped,
too tuned to it.

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