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WENDY LOW

 

Thrust into Iraq

 

At the market, racks of almonds, dates, figs and

pomegranates tremble

 

A pot comes tumbling off a shelf and cracks

open

 

A low rumble

 

A blast

 

Bombs burst

A crash

A low wall crumbles

 

A pomegranate drops,

splits open, blood splurts out

 

A crackle of gunfire

A grunt

 

“Jon Anderson, reporting Live from Baghdad:

Now Back

to the Front”