Poetry

THIS IS MY RIFLE

 *United States Marine Corps
Rifleman's Creed*

_THIS IS MY RIFLE_

There are many like it but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It
is my life. I must master it as I master my life.

My rifle, without me is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must
fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than any enemy who is trying to
kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will....

My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we
fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the
hits that count. We will hit...

My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it
as a brother. I will learn its weakness, its strength, its parts, its
accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and
ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We
will...

Before God I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my
country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.

So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but Peace.....
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