MEDIC! MEDIC!

Peter Lawrie

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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“Ode to the Medics”
(Poem by Cpl John Readey, Cp. Stoneman, Calif.)
(Cp. Stoneman, Pittsburg, California, was a staging area for the San Francisco P/E during World War II)
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“They give me shots for tetanus;
For typhoid, I get three!
The yellow fever is an excuse
For one more hole in me.”

“They stick the needle in me dry;
They stick it in me wet.
They punch me full of holes, it seems,
At every chance they get.”

“Typhus, measles, housemaid’s knee,
There’s shots for ev’ry thing;
Fallen arches, leprosy:
Boy, those shots do sting!”

“Sometimes those vampires stick me good
Right in a vein of me,
And then they take a pint of blood
And smile with fiendish glee.”

“Oh, I haven’t been in battle, yet;
In war I haven’t starred.
But if you saw the holes in me,
You’d swear I’m battle scarred!”

Willys Jeep
Normandy 44 Re-enactment group
Museum of Flight
East Fortune, Edinburgh, Scotland
May 2009

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