Thursday, December 26, 2013
New Poem: "Morale Call"
"Morale Call" is the latest addition to my poetic memoir, A Wave of Poetry. Long distance communication was a problem in tsunami-devasted Indonesia. We were reduced to sending messengers back and forth to our base of operations on Thailand. For urgent and important messages, we had an iridium satellite telephone that could reach anyone anywhere, but it was ruinously expensive to use and designated for mission essential comm only. Knowing that I missed my wife and family and that I had not been able to communicate with them since I moved forward into Indonesia, my CO granted me five minutes to call home using the precious iridium phone. I guess he considered the morale of his flight surgeon to be mission essential. In any case, I was most grateful.