I Remember: Glimpses into my time in Iraq

Grainy photo looking across the Tigris River, with a tall building on the far banks.
The view from the roof in 2003. Looking over the Tigris River to Baghdad.

I remember our first nights in Baghdad. We slept on the roof of our building on the edge of the Tigris river. The sky would darken and the air would cool ever so slightly. I would sit on my cot and slowly smoke the last cigarette of the night, always my favorite smoke of the day. I would look over the oily black sheen of the river to the city across from me. I could hear the guns in the streets. Knowing other…