REQUIEM AT THE LATRINE|
When a latrine had served its purpose, the policy of the army was to
spread lime over the body waste, fill the plot with dirt, and erect a
sign that was shaped like a cross with the horizontal bar inscribed with
the following label, "OLD LATRINE (DATE)."
I was awakened one morning by my corporal "Bill!" he said, "Come on out,
you will not believe what is happening." We proceeded to the latrine
area and at the site of a recently closed latrine, I sighted a little
old lady dressed in black. She had deposited a cluster of flowers at
the base of the inscribed cross bearing the latrine sign and was kneeled
down in prayer. I could not bear to tell her the truth; however, I did
approach her and in a somber voice, I thanked her for her kindness and
consideration for what she surmised was the grave of a departed soldier.
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