The medics have haloed Mohammed’s head.
Eyes closed, he lies still as a marble saint

in a medieval cathedral.
Arms outstretched, the technician steadies

a metal plate ready for the X-ray photograph
eyes intent on the large lamp

lighting upon Mohammed’s torso.
All life is sacred

whether you are friend or foe,
in the field hospital at Kandahar.

Moya Pacey
in response to: Mohammed and the X-ray Tech

© Moya Pacey 2014, all rights reserved.

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