Stanza 119


When morning came, the colonel was relieved
To hear the plans his S4 had conceived
That might relax the hostile attitude
Which started when the mullah misconstrued
American intentions earlier.
"Once all the people see the caliber
Of these incredible facilities,
They will not want to be our enemies.
Instead, they will desire that we extend
This project through the town. I must commend
You, captain! You have really saved the day!
Not only will our charity allay
The villagers' legitimate concerns
For water, even if our surgeon learns
That cholera is rife within the wells,
The standard chlorine treatment spells
The doom of all bacteria. Have you
Submitted all your requisitions to
The 25th ID for what you need?"
"I only waited, sir, 'til you agreed."