by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

When you’re as old as me
there still are things
you did not see.
Oh, there are oceans
far and wide and
mountains tall and
maybe even a desert that
blooms when rain does fall.

I ain’t seen the Pantheon
or all the Roman ruins
or the Aztec’s wonders
of so long ago.
I gave up on seeing
Easter Island with
statues big astandin’
alookin’ far out to sea
awaiting the end.

The world is full of wonders
of which I’ve seen a few,
of Europe and its splendor,
of England old and new,
of Scotland’s craggy glens
and lochs where Nessie swims.

I guess I’ll have to be content
with things the way they are
for I am just an old Marine
who traveled once afar.

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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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