Tuesday, December 13, 2011

13 DEC 11

American Icon ...




An ice-cold Coke.
Funnily enough, when I think of that icon
I'm remembering Vietnam.

July 1967 ...
110 in the noon-day sun ...
work detail (repairing the trench line) ...
metallic-tasting warm water in the canteens.
The NCO in charge leaving us ...
going to the EM Club ...
returning with a case of Coke ...
a bucket of ice ...
sleeve of paper cups.
Break time!
Sucking down Coke over ice ...
guzzling Coke on ice ...
cold 'n wet.
Coke on ice ...
Nirvana,
on a brutal hot day.


A memory carried for more than 40 years.
Don't drink much soda now.
Never did drink much to start with.
Probably wouldn't be drinking it nowadays
at all... except for that memory of Vietnam.
(I've become diabetic.)
Nothing else has ever tasted quite as good since.

Despite what the Docs say ...
every once in awhile, I just gotta have
                 
 ... a Coke! 


-Fini 
                            ( ... not a Pepsi. )

1 comment:

  1. I wrote Coca Cola and asked permission to use their logo. Was told to go ahead, feel free.

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