L’histoire du soldat


air conditioner hum, 22°C

a reassuring rhythm of radio voices

slumped in the chair, two hands, a loose grip

waiting waiting waiting

haloed in the pale light of 14 computer screens

06.03pm : sign out, switch off, return home


ghostly black shapes, dots, coordinates

smeared monochrome pixels

a pesky fly, a runny nose, an itch

watching watching watching

eye and body uncoupled

05.47am : sign out, switch off, return home


no sound no smell no texture

swords suspended from a satellite link

stale coffee, cigarette breaks, hand sanitzer

waiting waiting waiting

a tingling sensation of power

02.08pm : sign out, switch off, return home


the sawing buzz of a thousand mosquitoes

an eruption of violence

11.51pm : sign out, switch off, return home