Gelzon de la Cruz

The Gyrenes of Guadalcanal

In History, Verse on July 4, 2013 at 12:35 am

Marines_rest_in_the_field_on_Guadalcanal

They fought my country’s invaders

island to island

from down south at the ‘Canal

to rain-rotted Cape Glouchester

through parched Peleliu, Saipan, Tarawa

and upwards to Iwo and outlying Okinawa.

Desperately wading through surf and shrapnel,

flanked by primal sharp-toothed jungle,

faced by zealots of a thirty-something god.

These men will never receive their due,

except among themselves,

between them the few.

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