Name That Tune

As we came up over the hill, they started shooting at us from the woods. We hit the dirt and you could hear the bullets making a sound like buzzing insects as they whizzed by overhead. To my right, Henry made a moaning sound as if he’d been hit, but, no, he was just singing to himself. “What’s that song?” I asked him. But he didn’t answer. He probably couldn’t hear me. The next thing I knew, we were on our feet running across the field toward the woods again, and I never did find out what that song was.

Kermit Moyer taught at American University in Washington, D.C., for 37 years before retiring and moving to Cape Cod in 2007. He is the author of Tumbling, a collection of short stories, and The Chester Chronicles, which won the 2011 L. L. Winship/PEN New England award in fiction.

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