by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

With all the people
that we have,
standing brave and free,
you’d think that
all of us
would be in safety.

We have policemen
standing by
or driving their cars.
They carry weapons
by their side and
big ‘ol shiny stars.

There is now a hue and cry
to take away our guns,
to leave us standing all alone
with no protection
of our own.

Now I believe
and so do you
that guns don’t kill
—people do.

As long as men breathe
and walk the earth
and feel the stress of living,
some will fail to keep 
their minds but
shall we be forgiving?

The fates are often
cruel and harsh,
striking without warning.
And where we are
when e’re it strikes
is really quite disarming.

I do not know
what is in store
for me or any of you.
What ever it is,
I say just live,
and follow through.

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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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