Stanza 138


The practice sessions cannot last too long
Or the marines will notice something wrong,
And the adhan constrains the fighting men
To only practice exercises when
The time for prayer allows them to repeat
The drills. Since firearms would not be discreet,
The fighters do not let their weapons show.
Instead, they only practice where to go
And how to take positions for the fight.
The arsenal is kept away from sight,
And after all the choreography
Has been rehearsed, the little company
Assembles in the mosque for the critique.
Then everyone must master the technique
Of stripping down a rifle, and replace
Each part where it belongs with speed and grace.
As every volunteer achieves this mark
Their leader makes them try it in the dark.
When this objective all can satisfy,
They are allowed to fire their weapons dry.