Cornwallis Passion: Recruit Training
By David Smith September 29, 2015
Cornwallis they call it. The emotions cut deep.
Spray starch and ironing and fear that’s unique;
Inspection by beds, as instructors on a roll;
Eyes that penetrate, though the very soul;
The coldness, the fear, afraid to speak;
The yelling, the marching, a demanding retreat;
The snap of attention, as a platoon clicks together;
Being part of the group, regardless of whether;
That’s to have lived. To adapt and excel;
All that turmoil, an experience to tell;
Forty-five years later, the memory’s alive;
Though the darkest tunnel, to graduate and thrive;
Cornwallis, they call it; a victory within.
Where change took place, military life enters in.