by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

I’m not one
who made a lot of dough
a halfway decent living
was my goal.
I struggled thru
many skinny paydays,
paying bills s
they did unfold.

Now that did not leave
much hangin’ over
to tuck away for
my body and soul
so when you think
about retirement,
make money your
ymain-most goal.

Those little things
you cannot live without?
Well, you might have to
give up a thing or two.
Be sure you
have a stash of
good old US cash
and maybe an
annuity or two.

The way this
nation is going
a buck is not a buck,
you can bet.
Before your close the door
and set aside your chores,
be sure you got a lot
of what it takes
to carry on.

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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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