by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Once again I listen
 to rhetoric from
both sides of the aisle:
the things they say
often make me smile.
I hear a lot of 'gonna do's'
and 'He ain't got the stuff!'
I'm tired of hearing
all that guff.

When it comes right 
down to it,
they ain't foolin' us.
We heard all that malarkey
back when things were tough.
We did not see 
much real change
though talk came fast,
that's true.
When it came right down to it,
it was up to me and you.

We had to keep the country strong,
the fires of business burning.
We had to answer to the call
when a war was churning.
We had to keep the
flag held high and
hope from ever dying.

Our nation will
remain strong as
long as the people speak.
Let us think before we sign
and all our freedoms keep.

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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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