by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

If I ruled the world
no man would be
a different shade,
a single God
would do for all,
upon Him we 
all could call.

Every government
would be dedicated
to you and me,
no party government
would there be.
No lobbyist
would we see,
each man there
would think of we
who work to keep
our neighbors free.

There'd no 
idle hands,
around the world
in many lands
all the people
would be free.

No tyrants would be
left to stand,
authority left 
to no one man.
The people would
all share the wealth,
all would be kept
in good health.
No business would
 be allowed to
gouge the people
in the crowd.
Making money
 would not be
the only thing
in life for thee.

We could not let
a child be born
to those who
are not forsworn
to love and
 everlasting care
and all that parents
must forbear.

These are a few 
of things I’d do
and there are more,
quite a few.
Make up a list
of all your own,
spend some time
in thought and prayer,
in a million years
we may be there.

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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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If I Ruled the World