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A Very Scandinavian War

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Jan Oskar Hansen

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The tide was out when the occupiers left and the land
was high and dry when allied sailors waded ashore
with booze cigarettes and candy bars. The women,
who had slept with the enemy and had been named,
hair shorn off and shamed were ready to welcome
the liberators, their hair had grown fully and they
looked more beautiful than ever before, the righteous
could do nothing but mumble darkly into unwashed
pillows. When the tide turned schools of sardines
swam along the coast and the country was rich again,
forgotten was the dreariness of rations and as in years past
the myth had it that it was the people, of the land, that
had risen and routed the enemy.


Jan Oskar Hansen
Copyright © 2004

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