love in a battle zone

the midge flies

will be speckling the basin again now

I cleared them so’s I could shave

in that grey off white porcelain bowl

not fussed at all & remembering

Herbert said: you do what the circumstances

around you demand

& this was an outside toilet block

set in the boiling sun

only a few trees for screening

the water was hot as I stared deep

right into that mottled mirror

& I wanted the beautiful woman

to love me long whispering in my ears

as we would rock into the hot night

but first this stubble that raked her cheeks

she hated with a passion I wanted more

then a shower

& later we will see

what the night brings

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