Mohammed and the X-ray Tech
Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 60 inches, 2008-09
Mohammed (left) and MCPL Francois Theriault
Mohammed was injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) incident and suffered a fractured vertebrae. I sketched him several times. Although immobile and unable to speak due to his injuries, he emanated both grace and dignity.
by Moya Pacey. 2014
School of Music poet, Canberra, Australia
in response to: Mohammed and the X-ray Tech,
The medics have haloed Mohammed’s head.
Eyes closed, he lies still as a marble saint
in a medieval cathedral.
Arms outstretched, the technician steadies
a metal plate ready for the X-ray photograph
eyes intent on the large lamp
lighting upon Mohammed’s torso.
All life is sacred
whether you are friend or foe,
in the field hospital at Kandahar.