In my mind's eye I see a canvass An empty sky Where Kites no longer fly. Before a rising sun A Helicopter comes Black Angel of death Framed by a crimson backdrop. While on a dust choked plain A improvised exploding device Claims another soldier's life. Villages and towns appear Where women walk in fear Avoiding direct eye contact. A heat haze trails, a vista Zig zagging through the canvass To a remote mountain post. Where a mirage of The Grim Reaper laughing, Looking down, Dances with the Taliban.