Passing notes

Blah day.

Blah day.

The autumn’s recent fever had broken.  What had been a lingering warming trend snapped with the spat of rain into the dark cold again.  At least, dark is what I always equated the cooler air with, since I normally ended my day long after the sun, and the walk home nowadays gives a chill.

One way or another, through convoys or office work, I always missed the sunsets.  Dusk had a calming way here, and held my favorite time of the day.

Through the sky’s purples and the rainy season’s scent of wet chalk, there rose the Muslim’s call to prayer from the nearby village, in shimmering vibrato and wails.

You would have to push by the nearby conversations from smokers and soldiers off to chow, but it would be there, on the breeze, in between the shifting branches of the trees.  If I hadn’t heard it from outside the wire, I would have thought I was hearing things, but it was there, soft, carried farther in the night air, but barely.

On days where I didn’t miss it, I’d stand outside, looking toward the remaining light, trying to listen.

“What ‘cha doin?” I’d hear from someone.  A verse lost.

“Just listening to the evening prayer,” I’d say.  Damn, more notes missed.

Ah, there it was, in careful crescendo through the – “That’s stupid.  Who wants to hear that crap?”

“I think it sound awesome.”

“Stupid Hajji,” and they’d walk off.  Good, now back to the –

“What you lookin’ at?”

“I’m listening to the music.”

“Music?  What music?  I don’t hear no music…”

Never mind.  I’d try tomorrow.


About salemonz

Born in San Diego, Calif. Raised as a Navy Brat, I jumped ship and crossed over to the Army. Served as an enlisted journalist for a bunch of years, then helped the DoD figure out what the hell to do with social media. After the Army, now I drift down the river of life, trying not to be a jerk.

3 responses to “Passing notes”

  1. inquiring guy says :

    hey, i need your email address. I can’t find it on this website. Also – I recognize your pictures taken on Wealthy Street/Fuller Ave(in grand rapids). I used to live 2 blocks from where you stood. I need to talk to you, I have questions about MOS 46Q please email me your email address for 46Q info please. How is this possible? Google “I am a military journalist” Thank you, please contact me. I have a lot of questions!! please help!

  2. finch says :

    stupid haj!…ha! – as for the 46Q info – don’t do it josh – don’t bring someone else into our pain man…go air force or something inquiring guy…

  3. salmons says :

    Inquiring guy, I’ll send off an email in a little bit. No worries.

    Don’t worry finch, I’ll try my best 😉

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