by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I need to loose
a few pounds,
don’t like my body 
being round.
I guess if you're 85
 you should be glad
you’re alive.

Thought that I'd
join the boots,
now wouldn’t that
be a hoot.
Me keepin’ up
with those kids
would really put me
on the skids.

It ain’t like I
can’t see my toes
or whatever else
is down below.
I can’t afford to
buy new clothes
for every pound 
that tends to show.

I guess I’ll have 
to give up beer
and other things
that bring me cheer
for when the gut
begins to show
you know something
has to go.

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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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