Sam Cox

TRENCH – FOXHOLE

In Angels, God, Pray, War on October 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm

How explain?  How indeed?

Impossibility!

Rain pouring in my trench hole,

No sleep tonight for me!

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What else is there?  I prayed!

Very little comfort there!

But pray, it is the thing to do!

Now explain?  Compare–

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One moment wet and miserable!

Helmeted head a bit higher!

Resting on convenient ledge!

Kept a whole lot dryer!

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Had already lost 15 lbs.,

Another 20 to go!

Before this stupid hill was won!

For the locals below.

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Consider this left side submerged!

Rain pouring in my hole!

Poncho overhead did not help much!

Did an Angel take control?

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I slept through this mess, just passed out!

Pretty hard to believe!

An Angel warmed the water, what?

Awoke refreshed to receive–

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Warmth from a fire, all coffee’d up!

Patrol, what else is there?

Another G.I. shot down, keep going!

Soon we will find their lair!

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Until then we will search!  I am way up front!

With no place to, still we go!

Another camp, a lot higher now!

This is progress, you know!

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To reiterate, we return with four!

Whittled down many times

From twelve!  I am told we are winning!

When to kill, not a crime!

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Concentrate but retaliate!

Tit for tat, we learn well!

“If you enemy hungers…” kill him!

Send the idiot to Hell!

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Dear God, forgive, I did not mean,

I did not want to kill!

War, you know, anything goes!

Soon we go down that hill!

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For what?  Just another war?

History does repeat!

“Love your enemies…”

But must not suffer defeat!

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Surely God knows!  “Thou shalt not kill.”

But what is a man to do?

To object conscientiously?

Did David see this through?

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Perhaps not!  His “Mighty men of Valor,”

Did as they were told!

Drive them out!  Our enemies!

Obeying God, The BOLD!

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Sam Cox  02.27.09

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