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If a Rose Garden,
nothing but thorns 
and dirt in the barrack’s
courtyard.
Push ups, leg lifts
until you wanted
to drop.
I didn’t see the hill
of red ants.
You can’t move
when you’re at
Attention.
Some nameless Recruit
behind me couldn’t
bear watching them
stinging my neck,
the back of my shaved head.
He moved-
and got more push ups
as they took me off
to Sick Bay.
~
M. Zane McClellan 
~
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* A trip to the Rose Garden for “Incentive PT” (Physical Training) was punishment, plain and simple.
I never learned why it was known by that apellation, and lost interest when I got out into the Fleet.

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