Stanza 114


The chronic dysentery had begun
Because bacteria had overrun
The GI tract and water loss caused shock.
Since Johnson had decided not to talk
About the situation, the delay
Resulted in his comrades' great dismay
When they detected the foul accident.
But in the clinic where he underwent
Emergency hydration to replace
The salts and fluids lost, the private's case
Concerned the surgeon as he diagnosed
What could portend a danger to the post.
The sample underneath the microscope
Disturbed the doctor, but imparted hope
That prompted him to rapidly refer
The matter to the duty officer.
Since as the culture grew the hours had flown,
The CO and the XO now lay prone
In bed and left the HQ in the care
Of the S4. The doctor found him there.