There's still a canvas sheet over the empty window
the AC unit is broken
then there's that uniform
with the stain that needs to be taken out.
'When are you going to do that?' you think.
It won't be tomorrow, that's for sure.
You rift through your duffel bag
chemical suit, a necklace
a card you picked up at the PX.
You wonder if she'll like it
will she remember you when you're gone
will you come home at all?
You shoulder your heavy rucksack
and open the door
your footsteps the sound of combat boots
The leaves whirl overhead like ghosts
casting faint shadows on the ground
the wind whispers through the ephemeral grass
the sun is shining brightly, for how long?
The sky is a deep blue.
You get in the car.
The plane is waiting for you.
So is she.
You say goodbye
The car engine starts
the plane takes off.
You look out the window.