Stanza 76


Then Hammer stated, "Romeo I will
Insert from the northeast. You stay until
You see that I have dropped below the sight
Of those within the marketplace. Go right
Along the course I fly and then appear
As if we have a single chopper here."
Then Romeo responded, "Roger, I
Am ready, Hammer," and to verify
That his two squads received the latest brief
The pilot gave the news to his crew chief.
The skill with which the choreography
Was executed placed the infantry
In full control around the landing zone,
And then the helicopters both were flown
To help the second squad to exfiltrate
From where the villagers proclaim their hate.
The second squad moved slowly to the square
To join the reinforcements and prepare
To take the corpse killed in the marketplace,
Upon the helicopter back to base.