Thoughts in advance from a couple of readers.
Jeff R tells me that of all the Commonwealth War Graves he visited with his wife, Polygon Wood was the most peaceful.
And Janette reflects from the Gold Coast hinterland near heartbreak hill Canungra, where many an older soldier of an earlier generation lugged the GPMG M60.
Dedicated to our Australian Troops and Their Families.
On his leave days, we would meet in the early dawn by the gurgling stream just outside Canungra.
It was a special time for both of us – mother and son. We forgot the military training and the uncertainty of postings to Afghanistan, delighting in glimpses of platypuses probing purposefully, bills pushing pebbles aside, intent on a feast of worms.
After his posting to Tarinkot, I kept our tryst, as today, and every Sunday in the grey pre-dawn light. Suddenly the surrounding hills exploded with the pounding of heavy practice mortar. Peace settled. Mist wispily rose from the stream.
© J Coombes 29-11-12