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Story ID:8300
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Poem
Location:Corona CA. USA
Person:Signing chelsea Kansas Kid
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Name, Rank, and Serial Number

When youre in the Service
Some things youd better remember
The word sir, and
Your name, rank, and serial number.

Stenciled on your bunk
Stenciled on your fatigues
Stenciled on your barracks bag
Almost stenciled on your knees.

Needless to say
My things were easy to find
With name, rank and serial number
Stenciled into my mind

I found something to compare
Seemed like a bad dream
Sold a house in Hemet
Had to sign papers by the ream

Its not name, rank, and serial number
I suffer another fate
The words are different
Now its name, Initials and date.

If I tried to read
The small print on each page
Id certainly die
Of old age

After weve signed them all
And set back at ease
Jim calls again
Ive got a bunch more of these

I sign a hundred more
My hand is a lead weight
Its hanging limply by my side
Im thinking name, initials and date

If you sell your home
Youll suffer the same fate
Two thousand pages to sign
Name, Initials and date.

Monte L. Manka 9/19/2012