There you are, smiling, your jackhammer arms resting across the barrel of your cannon.
The chalk mark names the woman you love to “Marie Lovely” from the jungle on Guadalcanal.
You decided to wait til you got back to marry
the skinny girl you met at the roller rink.
Some of the guys you’re serving with didn’t.
You’re sure, right now, you made the right choice.
To "Marie”, her name in chalk
on the barrel of a killing machine.
What would she say
when she sees this picture?
Is she glad you’re thinking of her, that you’ll kill the enemy in her name?
Or will she be so happy to have you home again this photo will not matter?
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Twenty years, and it still seems like yesterday.
There's so much to tell you, I know you are still listening.