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The BBC Baghdad Bureau worked purely on (US) cash. I had to count and account for the money when I was in charge.

Dollars

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse18 Jun 2015

I watch my fingers
Smoothing out the bills,

Folding and easing
Out the crinkles;

They make a noise
Only they make.

I start to count;
I notice the bloodstains.