NEGROS, PHILLIPINES W.W. II

A deepening trail, enemy had made

Yet another from other side.

Searching for animals, birds, food,

Nothing left there to hide!

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After scouring Dumagette and Fabrica,

Then driven into the hills

They found themselves caves, ramshackle huts,

Near top some special kills.

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Wild natives killed and eaten there!

Troops then entered the scene.

Lost  at least 2 men everyday

Yes, lost, disappeared, clean.

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From 2 squads of 12 each whittled down

Just were not prepared to believe.

Most obvious, only the uneatable,

We too easy to deceive!

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We then came upon a uniformed body,

A well-beaten trail, we stopped

To inspect,  it was face-up by the trail!

Sure not a face to adopt!

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And the smell, of course, drove us away!

With no souvenirs claimed!

Who would want to inspect that mess?

Did the maggots refrain?

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No, they did not.  They scurried about,

But other bodies, where?

This one not the only one down.

Mystery we care not to share.

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That beautiful island scarred near bare

Would not be ever the same!

Negros Island, could never be safe

Or memories ever tame!

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Booby-traps enemy had planted,

Take a stroll through the woods,

Get blown-up, sure, not safe anymore

Cannot be as it should!

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Like any city, traps everywhere!

“Lead us not into temptation,

Deliver us…”  Our prayer everyday,  if not

Should be!  Nothing left to say!

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the Sam 11.28.11

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