by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I ain’t a really 
churchy kind a guy,
no foxhole pledges
have made I.
I figured if I got thru this mess
I must have been really blest
and no sins
 need I explain.

 I know there's a power
out there that
keeps things movin’
and all square
but since I'm 
inclined to doubt,
I can’t figure 
what’s it all about.

There’s been many questions
thrown about to
substantiate the causes
of my doubts.
Is what little faith I have
been wasted on a lesser man
than I was told about?

I have no quarrel 
with the man,
his teachings were
 the best of plans.
I know I’ve done 
 the best I could
like I knew  
that I should.

So if there is a 
promised land
please take me
by the hand
and lead me to 
that big yard
where I'll receive
my big reward.

Semper Fi.
And carry on!

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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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