Ray W. Sarlin

FOLLOW ME!

IWVPA Bronze Helmet Top Poet Award of Excellence - September 2002“Here’s your new A.O.,” says the major,
“Your troops won’t go in blind.”
“Check out your new A.O.,” says the colonel,
“And see what y’all can find!”
“Follow me.”

“Situation, mission, execution,” says the cap’n,
“The objective’s over there.”
“Logistics, command and signal,” says the cap’n,
“This is a tough ‘un, so beware!”
“Follow me.”

“We move at oh four hundred” says the el tee,
“The Old Man says it will be tough.”
“Oh four hundred we move out” says the el tee,
“Get ready to do your stuff.”
“Follow me.”

“Keep movin’,” says the sergeant,
“The enemy’s just ahead.”
“Smartly now,” says the sergeant,
“Stop and you’ll be dead.”
“Follow me.”

“Spread out now,” says the corporal,
“Don’t give ‘em a good shot.”
“Keep your place,” says the corporal,
“Pretty soon she’ll get hot.”
“Follow me.”

“What the fuck,” says the private,
“I got but one life to live.”
“Fuck this shit,” says the private,
“Them mothers’ll have to give.”
“Follow me.”

“Follow me!” they shout together,
Firing on the run.
“Follow me!” they shout together.
The battle has begun.
“Follow me.”

“Keep going,” says the cap’n,
“Through fire, smoke and shell!”
“Keep going,” says the cap’n,
“Into the jaws of hell!”
“Follow me.”

“Keep going,” says the el tee,
“Through their mines and wire!”
“Keep going,” says the el tee,
“Maintain the base of fire!”
“Follow me.”

“Keep movin’,” says the sergeant,
“Together me and you!”
“Keep movin’,” says the sergeant,
“And we’re certain to get through!”
“Follow me.”

“Keep movin’,” says the corporal,
“Don’t think about your pain.”
“Keep movin’,” says the corporal,
“There’s one more yard to gain.”
“Follow me.”

“What the fuck,” says the private,
“Their rounds are shootin’ high.”
“Keep movin’,” says the private,
“It’s time for them to die.”
“Follow me.”

“Push on now,” says the fallen,
“To that bright light just ahead.”
“I’m coming,” says the fallen,
“There’s nothing left to dread!”
“Follow me.”