by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

If I was a wise man and
knew just what was fair,
I wouldn't have a doubt,
a worry, or a care.
I'd greet the rising sun and
breathe the morning air,
if I was a wise man and
knew just what was fair.

If I was a wise man
I'd know the reason why
being good and honest
is no help when you die.
That having lots of money
is not the answer to
health, love and happiness
no matter what you do.

If I was a wise man and
lived a thousand years
I might be able
to figure out
a woman's tears and fears.
Or why a baby captures
the hardest, coldest heart
and leaves a strong man eager
his love to it impart.

If I was a wise man
I'd travel everywhere
to find the safest harbor
and I would keep me there,
at peace with all about me
with every living thing and
wait for that great morning
when angels to me sing.
If I was a wise man.

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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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