by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I’m not one to criticize
the land that I hold dear
but I am disappointed
by what I see and hear.

We've spawned a generation
that is anything but fine,
they have lost all consideration
and have given up their mind.

People who they idolize
are really not deserving,
the sense of values
that they have is
really quite disturbing.

Our youth seem to think
these people are the most,
as though dough and bling
are what’s uppermost.
They’ve not been taught
the rudiments of life
that honesty and truth
is what takes away
the strife.

We need to feel the freedom
that goes whenever we meet,
not having to be fearful
of people on the street.
This generation is not nice,
they use foul words of choice
with no consideration for
others who have voice.

I hate to see the land we love
degenerate so badly,
it makes a waste of all our tours
when we all served so bravely.

I know every generation
is freer than the last
but there has to be a line
that none dare surpass.
Let all of us take a step
to right the erring course
or else our nation
will be lost 
and will be last,
not first.

*     *     *
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.

>>>  Poetry Page
>>>  Memoir Page
We Hold These Truths