Duty whispered “consider me,”
When commencement tassels turned.
The Guard’s education was free,
For a few years’ service earned.
Parental support was not likely,
Yet in public affairs I would be,
Creating stories that honor duty,
And the adventures of a bear named Objee.
Several enlistment forms would I see
With paragraphs on each leaf.
I read each obligation closely.
To choose the waves of the sea.
Yet the recruiter failed to show
At the appointed date and time
And a different wave claimed me.