by Cpl. Robert Lin Cook
Jan 1942-Sep 1945

Clouds of war
gather nigh
along the far horizon.
Men and women are called
and standing by
to tend the
nation's fervent cry
to rail against
a roguish nation.

Chances are
the call will come
and we will hear
the muffled drum
that sends
marines 
on their way
to once again
stand to the fray
before enemy's guns.

We'll all go forth again
to right a wrong
left undone
for far too long.
We who stand 
for the right
will pursue the beast
with all our might
and bring him down
so all will have
security.
And we will 
stand down
at peace 
once more.

Oh Lord,
if I may pray
take care to see
that troops so brave
who face the 
fire of blood
and steel are
safely brought
from sodden field
to walk the land
in freedom bought
with pain,
to stand before
a grateful nation.

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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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Clouds of War