“I’ll give you my life,” Johnny Pierce did say
“It’s not worth much, I’m willing to risk it
All for a whopping six pounds pay-a-day,
A bolt-action rifle, and midday biscuit.”

“I’m seven-foot-two, born and raised Toulouse,”
The printer Jean Luc had yelled o’er the crowd;
I’ll write my wife,’till’s time my life to lose,
And make both her, and Paris Fleur-de-proud.”

‘Pon “Summa cum laude”  straight up he’d stand,
Then spend his days flipping through pages, couth;
Alas, he heard but “Axel Ferdinand,
All true Germans should join the Iron Youth.”

(Inspired upon completing All Quite on the Western Front by Erich Remarque.)

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