by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I know you guys
have all got friends
who send you cards 
and such.
They lend a festive,
kind touch
to winter's droll
and frosty days
that greet us with the dawn.

We all look forward to the day
we remember as a tot
the way we sought
to be real good
but usually were not.
We weren’t sure
that Santa was
a really real guy
or someone with
a phony beard
that laughed and
acted really weird.

Of course those days
 are long gone
but we have kids
to carry on 
the wishes made
by little ones
and sent to Santa
via mail
both by “E”
and by snail.

So greetings to you
one and all,
let’s be of good cheer:
Celebrate the season
Happy New Year!

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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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