As a way to start the day, it's not much fun
nudge, a whispered word - "Stand-To!"
A short nap since your two hours on the gun
once you'd like to sleep the whole night through.
Darkness makes the jungle a different place
No shades of green, just deep, menacing black;
The waking eyes alert in every face
to try a dawn attack.
As the rising sun begins to make its mark
By softening the shadows
of the night,
The shapes that seemed so sinister and dark
More innocent now in the spreading light.
The stand-down order has at last come through
"Righto you blokes, whose turn to make