by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

I know I am ancient,
so say boys and girls;
I’ve lived a life that was mine,
I’ve given it a swirl.

They say that when you’re older
you are so worldly-wise but
wisdom comes from living
and I have lived mine.

A man must have some pleasure
a man must have some pain
a man must have some stress
for him to ever gain
the stature of a wise man
to carry on his name.

I’ve lived through a depression
and through a bloody war,
I’ve fought the
elements of chance,
I’ve had no lucky star.

If I can but pass on
to those of you who live:
Take life by the shoulders
and shake out all that gives,
your life is really up to you
so make up all you can,
don’t sit around and whimper,
stand up and be a man.
Semper Fi!

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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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