Stanza 4


Now when the base was finally functional,
And certified as fully operable
The tenth battalion convoyed up the road,
And through the town to reach their new abode.
They joined their comrades from the company
Who, in advance, served as the infantry
Whose force allowed the civil engineers
To work and sleep while free from any fears.
And while the new arrivals took their posts
Or listened to their predecessors boasts,
The senior officers were briefed about
The situation in the camp and out
Presented by the captain who explained
What alpha company had ascertained
And further recommended how to force
The local thugs to entertain remorse
For terrorizing every villager.
The boss agreed with his young officer,
So while the S3 drew up plans with care
The CO went to see the local mayor.