November 1942

A Way of Living

Volume 26, Issue 4
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(I'm a Marine.) "What's that?

What's a Marine, Mac?"

A lilting shoulder-a tilting chin

A swaying hip away from him.

"What's a Marine, Buddy?"

(Maybe Buddy to him, but he's 'Nuts' to me.)

A tug at the coat-boyish face to see,

"Please Mister, what's a Marine?"

"Oh hello lad! What's a Marine, eh?"

And he stood and he stared with his eyes far away.

"A Marine's - a - a Way of Living (without end).

Just watch those rhythmic marching men;

Once rawest 'boots' enlisted to serve,

Now melded-welded to solid nerve."

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