by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

Once again the merry bells
are ringing throughout the land;
once again Xmas sales
are making their demands:
a jolly season promised
to each and every man!

It is hard to be merry
when things are
kinda’ tough;
when we still have
good marines
where things are 
kinda’ rough.

We just had an election,
maybe bad or good;
we have one every
now and then,
I really think we should.

Before we know it,
it will be another
year in making;
we’ll have a chance
to build anew,
and keep things
a shaking.

They tell me
we’re in a kind
 of recession;
I must confess
I’m old enough
to remember
The Great
Depression.

I hope to God
and angels too
that it does not
come to that.
I doubt the nation
can withstand
another 
Great Depression.

So ring the bells
and deck the trees;
 make believe
all’s well.
We’ll have a
merry, merry time
a holly, jolly
Christmas!

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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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