Stanza 158


Within the base the news that Romeo
Had been shot down came as a heavy blow,
Because the other phrog required repair
Before it could be trusted in the air.
To rescue Romeo, eight LAVs
Departed to engage the enemies
And to extract the helicopter's crew.
The Levantine observes and gives the cue
From high upon the lofty minaret.
The men with RPGs are quick to get
Into positions that are specified.
The armored vehicles were soon inside
The killing zone and he gives the command
To fire the missiles. Armor can't withstand
The focused energy of a shaped charge.
The hole it punches isn't very large,
But through it is conveyed a narrow stream
Of superheated copper at extreme
Velocity. The metal quickly slays
As off the walls and floor it ricochets.