Now that I'm 91
by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942–Sep 1945

Now that I'm 91
I can tell you
it ain’t fun.
When you're old
and cannot play
you’re lucky to
make the day.

I’ve heard it said
some place
or another that
wisdom comes
when you discover
that life ain’t
what it’s cracked
up to be.

You may make
a lot of dough,
travel and
be on the go but
that don’t mean
you're happy.
In fact your life
may be crappy.

If you don’t have
someone to love
and someone 
who loves you,
you ain’t got squat.

So pay attention
to those you have,
let them know
their importance.
You only go around
once, you know,
so take your time.

Take it slow,
seek out life
not just dough.

You’ll be happy
before you go.

Semper Fidelis!
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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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