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.) 

The Nights You Fight Best

The nights you fight best are
when all the weapons are pointed at you,
when all the voices hurl their insults
while the dream is being strangled.

The nights you fight best are
when reason gets kicked in the gut,
when the chariots of gloom encircle you.

The nights you fight best are
when the laughter of fools fills the air,
when the kiss of death is mistaken for love.

The nights you fight best are
when the game is fixed,
when the crowd screams for your blood.

The nights you fight best are
on a night like this
as you chase a thousand dark rats from your brain,
as you rise up against the impossible,
as you become a brother to the tender sister of joy

and move on 

regardless. 
–Charles Bukowski

Marine combat engineers with Combat Assault Battalion race around a track with a chariot during the final event of a St. Patrick’s Day field meet last Friday at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The 9th Engineer Support Battalion hosted the event and invited six Okinawa-based units with engineering capabilities, including Air Force and Navy units, to participate. CAB is a part of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Marine combat engineers with Combat Assault Battalion race around a track with a chariot during the final event of a St. Patrick’s Day field meet last Friday at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The 9th Engineer Support Battalion hosted the event and invited six Okinawa-based units with engineering capabilities, including Air Force and Navy units, to participate. CAB is a part of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

The Color of Forgotten Love

I remember awakening one morning and finding everything smeared with the color of forgotten love.
-Charles Bukowski, What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire

Lance Cpl. Matthew S. Hartlove, a Baltimore native and electrician with 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, dances with a resident of Carebridge Assisted Living center in Jacksonville, N.C., on Feb. 12. The facility hosted a Sweetheart Dance and invited Marines from various units to dance, sing, eat and socialize with the residents
Lance Cpl. Matthew S. Hartlove, a Baltimore native and electrician with 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, dances with a resident of Carebridge Assisted Living center in Jacksonville, N.C., on Feb. 12. The facility hosted a Sweetheart Dance and invited Marines from various units to dance, sing, eat and socialize with the residents.