Dervish Whirl

00829_01, Afghanistan, 1980, AFGHN-13342


by Rawclyde!


Ollie spin spin spin

All around the ruin of the village mosque

Bump into walls, out hole in a wall

Up the path, thru the gate, into the house


Spinning like a top, spinning ’til he drop

A grinning little lass burning lots of gas

A midget dust-devil whirling room to room

‘Til finally he bump Mom & say:


“Burqa burqa burqa!”


“Burqa burqa burqa!”

She hand him a yellow polka-dot burqa & he spin away


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Meanwhile back in the ruins big brother Habibullah

Twist his hand around n’ around Col. Sheena Johnson’s arrow

That so long ago zzzzzzzip thru that hand &

Pin him to the wall


He twist his hand around & around

The pain shoot up n’ down his arm

In n’ out his heart

Col. Johnson see Taliban eyes full of hate go gooey


Here come little dusty Afghanistani whirlwind

spinning spinning & grinning

Ollie puts Momma’s burqa in Habibullah’s other hand

Bulla hands the holy garment to my denudated U.S. Army colonel…




 guest artists:

Steve McCurry


Robert Longo



Copyright Clyde Collins 2014

The Afghaneeland Adventure Series | Old Timer Chronicle II



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