by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945
The thing that most annoys me
is when you get the urge to pee.
It doesn’t matter where you are,
be it home or out afar,
you really got to find the place
before you end up in disgrace.
Now I’ve had this common call
while in the car or in the mall,
you tighten your sphincters firm but
still that doesn’t stop your squirm.
You fear you’ll not make the place
and end up loosing face.
I know that all and sundry
are subject to this bane.
If you’ve never had it,
it’s hard to explain.
You can’t be more fidgety
or more ill at ease,
so take away this feeling
I pray you Lord, please!
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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. When You Gotta