by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

 Once again it’s Xmas time,
I start this stanza
with no rhyme,
perhaps I’ll find one later on,
perhaps I find one in a song.

'Twas meant for all to share
for Xmas is everywhere,
for all the young
for the old
for the shy
for the bold and
those who have not.

The tree may bear
a lot of gifts,
then again there 
may not even
be a tree for
some have naught,
it should not be.

So let us each
open our hearts
and give a bit to
the ringing bell so
they may spread
the good will
to all in need of
all the blessings.

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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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