A COMPANY 40–down – to –04

Stumbling along sheer black the night!

Felt grass with one foot.  That was the right.

Left foot on gravel, so all is okay!

But how I longed for light of day!

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Mile or so, a foot at a time.

Inching along on this straightest line

Eyes 20-20!  Could not see my hand

Right in front of my face!  Or lay of the land!

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Flat broke, oh yes!  Understandably

Heading for mountains out of  K.C.!

Eyes soon accustomed enough saw white!

Church with a lone grave on the right.

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Grave more inviting than church porch there

As though a saint smiling up  said:  “I will share,”

‘Have a nice rest,’ voice seemed to say.

So flat out on that grave!  I waited for day.

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Fell asleep there!  Soon woke up cold!

Felt rested as though the night wore old.

Pitch darkness still, made my way for the road!

Then a bend to the right and a bright light showed.

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First thought  Heaven!  But just a Café.

Thin dime bought coffee!  Last for the day!

Had slept just an hour,  midnight now.

Black Angel!  Sure, this one allow!

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Black, of course, limo outside.

Black also, then, what a ride!

Accepted  backseat  fell asleep right away!

Trinidad, Colorado!  Broad daylight, I see.

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 Where is this boy going?  From time to time

As though someone leading on a thin dime?

This mess in eternity is it so long,

But one after another very different song!

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Farm drudgery accounting made plain this break

Back-breaking monotony I chose to escape.

Hitchhiking  quite prominent days long ago

Before freeways ended that show!

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But the war, before, just  toward end

6 months of dodging lead.  No, it do not bend!

4 of us left, about 20 times to count.

Replacements, New-news, how they mount and mount!

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Second Squad, seemed fighting all left to us.

6 months constant nonstop, short sleep plus!

Well over 40 in platoon all told.

Not counting wounded.  Replacements, so old!

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After 6 months straight short on sleep left alone

Final count of 4 by a fire prone:

Dumagette in sight, relax try forget!

Thank God for remaining not a concept!

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Sam

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