Abdisalem Hadthi and his son cowered
in the quiet of their living room,
at each torrent of bullets
that rained on the limestone brick
and mortar walls outside.
A unit of Gaddafi's gunmen burst in
through the door,
and ordered him at gunpoint
to hoist the green ensign on his rooftop outside.
"I told them that I was a loyalist,"
he stopped to recollect his will,
as his eyes scanned the fresh bullet scars
that potted the roof of his villa.
"At which point they said:
'Ok, fly the flag.’
And I flew it.
"Then their comrades outside began to retreat;
and they pulled up the flag,
folded it up,
It must have flown
for about three minutes in all."
Neighbors and survivors hit the street
with rave parties: they danced,
and chanted "Allāhu Akbar;"
at the gorgon
and the men emptied their kalashnikovs
into the thin desert air.
They buried martyred rebel fighters
with full honors, and left the lifeless Gaddafi mercenaries
to glisten in the desert sun.
"It's been a living hell here
for the last two weeks, I tell you,"
Zakary Mufta, Abdisalem’s son, reckoned
surveying his surroundings.
His living room wall sported a serving-hatch style hole
gorged by a Gaddafi tank shell.
The shell still lay intact on the green carpeted floor -
like a baby's toy.
"Thank God it didn't detonate.
I was among the rebel fighters
who tried to keep Gaddafi's forces at bay,
but they had planes, tanks, rocket launchers.
And all we had was guns.
"At one point, the Gaddafi guys
drove around in civilian cars,
shooting at anyone in the street;
and you couldn't see who was friend or foe."
Next to one of the stricken tanks
which studded the street, was the uncollected
and insect-ridden corpse of a dead fighter.
Besides him, lay a log book
written in English, titled "Record of Fired Rounds."
It had a hand-written entry in it that stated
it had fired some 33 rounds of live ammunition.
In the section that said:
"Kind and Purpose of Firing,"
the author had simply struck a ~
Original source: The Telegraph: Colin Freeman, Inside Ajdabiyah: "Celebrations and corpses after Libyan rebels sweep in and pro-Gaddafi flags pulled down," 26 Mar 2011