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I Have Two Hands
by Cpl. Robert L. Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

​I have two hands and
have had 'em for a while
and have used them for
lotsa things, which
really makes me smile.

I used them in a wood shop
and made use of 'em there,
I used them when barbering
to cut a lot of hair, and
when I was a lowly boot
out on the parade ground
I loved to hear that snap
when port arms gave a sound.

I used 'em out on weather deck
loading shells by the peck for
gunners who stood their ground
and fired a thousand rounds.
When the Corps was thru with me
I went to work and joined the free
who labored in a factory
building cars for to sell,
a different kind of hell.

And then I began to write
with fingers kind of dumb,
I thought I’d never get
a damn thing done.
They’ve been kind to me
thru the years as you can see,
I’ve kept them all in tact,
such was how I paid 'em back.

So, if I’m a lucky SOB, I’ll
have 'em when they bury me.


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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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