ACCOUNTABILITY

 Hospital bed for a month or so,

Sendai, Japan.  Nowhere to go!

Of course, away back after World War II.

Listless, what more is there to do?

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Once out of there, Chaplin had me drive

Up this steep trail one-way, we survived,

Sure, no one came down that day.  That is good!

Up and down same road, sure, like it  should.

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No one came down!  Good to show (*)

Narrow so narrow, no place to go!

But off that trail, down to Kingdom Come,

Were we all go when our day is done!

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We get to the top, like, first thing  I  see,

Boarding School, sure, boy ’s dormitory

That we take  over.  The Army does that.

“Army of Occupation,” that’s how we got fat!

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Snow fall a-plenty Christmas morn!

Four a.m. I am antsy.   All else asleep.

Snow-fall  a’plenty,  all others sleep.

What the brightness, out of bed I creep!

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Dress warm!  Yes, I know what to do.

And where I am going.  Put on my shoes.

All are fast sleeping, no questions asked!

To Chaplin’s jeep for the main task!

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Hear for that shed filled with Christmas stuff,

Boy’s clothing galore!  Excited enough!

I bundle-up clothing.  Jeep is soon full!

Small house lined up, boys from the school.

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I sing Christmas songs, tossing out bundles,

Had just enough for each tiny shelter.

I did a short tour of their city then on

The way back, what a sight to lend.

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These glad eyes so happy to be,

Santa Claus but no Christmas tree!

Those happy kids!  Bright clothing now

From the God of Christmas, He would allow!

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Chaplin in chow line when I returned,

I could see questions that really burned!

Knew jeep was missing, where have you been?

“Such happy kids!  Wish you could have seen!”

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His face matched mine in the telling,

“Let’s do it again,” his joy compelling.

“No,”  sadly,  “It would be my neck!”

Fear of Major on that higher deck!

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But I think he knew!  Seldom seen smile.

Guess it was just Christmas, had been awhile!

Suppose someone told him?  Could be!

All would see something made him happy!

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(*) “Good to show”  old Army expression!

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sure, the Sam (11.09.11)

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