by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

They say I need exercise
and I suppose I do but
I don’t like exercise, 
just the same as you.
They say the best
is walking, of that
I’ve done my share,
I’ve walked the length of
Texas and most everywhere.

I’ve slogged the trails
of Guadalcanal and
Tulagi’s sandy shore and
then I did a spell of guard:
Pearl Harbor was a bore.

Like most of us
in the Corps,
we’ve marched a
million miles or more
with a rifle
and a pack
and suffered with
a painful back
that we forget
when we attack.

So when morn
does appear
and I arise
with sleepy eyes,
I place my shoes
upon my feet
and strike out
on quiet street
and walk,
and walk.

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The author: Robert Lin Cook served with Regimental Weapons Co. (2d-2d) from 1942–44 at Guadalcanal and Tarawa during a 33-month overseas tour.

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