by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I know it ain't too nice to tell
but bear with me for a spell
for it's an important thing, you see,
to have a place where you can pee.

Now we did not have
a place too fancy
in fact it was quite crude.
There was no place
for you to sit when
you had to attend
that famous slit.

Your balance had better be
as good as it could get
you see for
there you teetered
on the brink
of falling into
that awful stink.
I've seen it happen
now and then
and what they said
was more than sin.

A decent head is nice, you see,
when you're in an awful need,
it ain't no fun to hunker down
over some soggy ground
that affords you little
that is fine
where you must bare 
your cold behind
and walk away
so content, happy
that you have spent
your alloted time
to good intent.

Semper Fi!

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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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