by Cpl. Robert Li Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Sometimes I get to thinkin'
of the times that I have lived,
of the years that 
are behind me and
the things that I did.
Years have been kind to me,
I have no broken bones,
old "arthro" likewise
has left me most alone.

I've never had to starve
but have gone hungry 
for days and days.
I've covered my behind
quite well and
 kept it warm 
for quite a spell.
It's not this
on which I dwell
but more on life's

I've had some adventures
and some boring times,
I've found that for
the most of it
it's really quite average
as lives are wont to go.

I had me a war and so
did a million other guys.
I was lucky:
I came home not
much worse for wear
and found me a woman
for whom I could care.

I also had me a son
in whom I can take pride,
he is to me someone
in whom I can abide.

Life has not 
always been
all sugarplums
and cherries.
I've had troubles
like the rest,
torn them down
and fixed the rest.
I've never come out
 second best,
thank goodness.

I expect a few more years
before I call it quits,
I'd like to take them
one by one
and make each
a milestone,
to mark the passage
of my life
and be not sorry
of my past or
 regret its passing.

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The author: Robert Lin Cook served with Reg. Weapons Co. (2d-2d) from 1942-44, at Guadalcanal and Tarawa, during a 33-month overseas tour.

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