by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I have lived
some eighty years,
I don't know
how I did it.
I had my time
I used it well,
upon my deeds
I do not dwell,
I put them
all behind me.

I fought a war
as others did
and I returned
to do my bit.
I worked to keep
my nation free,
upheld the cause
of liberty.

Now I have come
to that place
where I begin 
to think of
all the things
I could've done;
I'm sure there are
 many more than one.
So please forgive me
of my sins,
allow my years
to dwindle down
until I am part of
earth and ground
and no longer 
am I driven.

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The author: Robert Lin Cook served with Reg. Weapons Co. (2d-2d) from 1942-44, at Guadalcanal and Tarawa during a 33-month overseas tour.

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