ANOTHER TOOK MY PLACE

One new friend trusted me though

We had never met!

Trusted me with his wallet once

And that is when the stage was set.

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Joe’s Place, Dumaguete, Negros,

Before we went up that hill.

If we had not there met up

Guess I would be up there still!

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Buried, that is, or left to rot,

With a bullet in the head!

But my new friend then intervened!

And he was left there dead!

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I was firing at a bunker,

A helmet on a stick!

It was a G.I. helmet,

An old enemy trick!

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I, with a Tommy gun, fired

A slow trajectory tool,

Enemy knew then he had me!

Pinpointed enemy fool!

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New friend came up asking me

“Sam, what you shooting at?”

Turned, stepping behind this tree,

I yelled, “Get down!”  Then heard splat!

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I knew that bullet was meant for me!

He took it in the head!

I dove down that stupid hill!

He, already dead!

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I did not even know his name!

Once showed me a picture of home.

Beautiful wife and little girl!

They were now left alone!

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“Oh, God!  How could this happen?”

That shot was aimed for me!

If friend had not come up then,

I would be under that tree!

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Do not even know his name but he

Took the time to learn mine!

Wallet that he trusted me with

Not like just party time!

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Had planned to get stinking drunk for sure!

Each night before the Hill!

People he trusted got the wallet,

Do not know how he could tell!

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His older friends had watched him,

And his wallet times before,

Wonder is he in heaven now?

Pray he got through that door!

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His wife and child, if still alive,

Trouper since forgotten!

From our brief friendship, I am sure

I will meet him in heaven!

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Sam Cox

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