SCOUTING

Sure a Boy Scout,  Junior grade, I was!

This plateau’s very edge

As I gazed with longing heart,

Sure,  away far from this ledge!

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Ledge creates by scoutism,

Hey look!  I’m higher than you!

Exalted, you must bow low!

My good deeds have seen me through!

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Not ten yet, sure, I just started,

Still outside looking in.

It was that inner circle of  scoutism,

I longed for, sure, should have been–

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Plateau, India about 6,000 feet up.

Biggest Scout Jamboree,

But here out on the very edge

And  looking in I see–

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All the other important Scouts,

Eagle and whatever they are,

Army it was only first and second

Until one got hit, sure, that’s par.

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If both took hits, Squad Leader ordered

Next man or two to load!

Well, guess who?  Sure, it was me!

Just one, the dirty deed!

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There after, sure, I was the only one

Learned to walk fast!  Combat,

Philippine Islands.  How can I forget?

Squad  getting shot at!

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Behind  bushes, trees, the forest,

All the way up that hill.

Took six months finally made it!

Lost count of the kills!

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Squad down to 4, 5, and 6 men.

Replacements came, of course.

Then no more replacements.  Ending with four!

I’m  still leading the force!

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This force of  four.  Did God have plans?

In His mercy for me?

Did those lost, any make it to Heaven?

This one fortunately?

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Accepted a call to preach the Word.

Call long before enlistment!

Sure,  I felt God’s hand was on me

For another commitment!

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Service of only King, the call.

Unworthy, still I obeyed!

Crucified Christ, “Lives!”  My yell!

And with this cry, I stayed!

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the Sam 10.17.11

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