Burning in Water

pull a string, a puppet moves …

each man must realize
that it can all disappear very
quickly:
the cat, the woman, the job,
the front tire,
the bed, the walls, the
room; all our necessities
including love,
rest on foundations of sand —
and any given cause,
no matter how unrelated:
the death of a boy in Hong Kong
or a blizzard in Omaha …
can serve as your undoing.
all your chinaware crashing to the
kitchen floor, your girl will enter
and you’ll be standing, drunk,
in the center of it and she’ll ask:
my god, what’s the matter?
and you’ll answer: I don’t know,
I don’t know …”
–Charles Bukowski (Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame)

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 helicopter drops water on the crash site of a U.S. Air Force HH-60 rescue helicopter at Camp Hansen, Japan, on Aug. 5. The rescue helicopter crashed in a training area with four crew members onboard, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement. The status of the crew members is unknown, it said.
A U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 helicopter drops water on the crash site of a U.S. Air Force HH-60 rescue helicopter at Camp Hansen, Japan, on Aug. 5. The rescue helicopter crashed in a training area with four crew members onboard, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement. The status of the crew members is unknown, it said. (Later updated to all four survived.) 

A Window to the World

A Marine with Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164 'Knight Riders' sits in front of a window inside a CH-46 Sea Knight on Feb. 20 during a pre-graduation flight just outside Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif. After this graduation, the Marine Corps will no longer train crew chiefs on the CH-46 Sea Knight as it is transitioned out of the Marine Corps.
A Marine with Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164 ‘Knight Riders’ sits in front of a window inside a CH-46 Sea Knight on Feb. 20 during a pre-graduation flight just outside Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif. After this graduation, the Marine Corps will no longer train crew chiefs on the CH-46 Sea Knight as it is transitioned out of the Marine Corps.