Christina A. Sharik

BASIC TRAINING

He thought:

Oh, Dear God, it’s raining
and I’m in Basic Training
with all my senses straining
and every muscle spraining…

Whatever possessed me
to go to that Recruiter…
and believe everything he told me
Yes, he really sold me
on a bright and shining future…

Well, it’s dark in Basic training
and Lord God, it’s still raining
And I wonder if I’ll ever make it through…

I can do a pushup, maybe two –

and when I have to, I can run –
But God, if You can hear me,
could you please stay near me…
and tomorrow,
send the sun?

Author’s Note: or Fall of those young people in Basic………