A Way of Living
(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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