Written by El Presidente
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Topics: john denver

Thursday, 21 June 2012

General Sirius Maccajabawinki or Mac, for short, stares into space, a tear slowing trickling down his cheek. He has seen it all, a child soldier at the age of 7, he climbed the ranks of Zambia's Clutchmacrutch revolutionary brigade, murdering, torturing, hell bent on forwarding a cause that he has no idea actually is.

At 28 he is a veteran of violence, hardened by life, yet he still mourns for one man, the singer songwriter John Denver.

Mac first heard Denver's haunting ballad "Annie's Song" as a teenager, after his squad of militia men hacked to death a group of nuns and missionaries from Nebraska. After looting their belongings he discovered Denver's classic CD, strewn amongst the rubble, Poems, Prayers and Promises.

He played the song continually, 100 times a day, every day for the next 12 years.

Later on, once internet came to his camp, he discovered "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and it was then he declared Denver a God.

It was his dream to meet the man, however, unbeknown to Mac, Denver was already dead, he had tragically left on a jet plane and never returned.

Eventually, after Mac became General and the most feared man in Africa he discovered the truth. That Denver was no more. He cries every day, thinking about his idol.

Denver's death, many speculate, is why the barbaric war lord shows no mercy in his attacks, his rage and anger striking fear across Zambia.

He strikes a sad figure though, as he stares into space, he smiles at me, as I prepare to leave and he points to his ipod "Take me Home, Country Roads" he mouths.

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