by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Whenever I awake at night
and sleep will not fall,
I lie and think of folks
that I can recall.
I see them as they were 
away back then,
young and handsome
lean, strong men.
Living life both
right and wrong,
being human
like us all.

Some were civvies,
some Marines
who stood before 
the storm.
But each a precious
memory,
it leaves me not forlorn.
For in my heart
they live on now,
a part of who I am.

I laugh at thoughts
that come around,
funny sights,
funny sounds.
And tears appear
as I recall
how I’ve seen 
a brother fall
on a field of battle
to rise no more.

When at last I fall asleep
all these memories
that I keep are
stored in safety
in my heart
to remain 
‘til life departs and
I am just a memory, too.

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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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As I Lie Sleeping