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Rosen Montag

If you're a Veteran you're Veteran
And your age just doesn't matter,
You appreciate the banter and
Can join in with the chatter.
We've been thinking of Rosenfest,
Those four days before Lent
When, like so many more,
Part of my youth was misspent.
I remember as of yesterday
That period of sheer joy
That turned me into a man
From the fumbling young boy.
Remember the feelings,
Once I'd got over the fright,
Of the experience  of happiness
On that Rosenfest night.
When the festival was over,
When it came to its end,
My very willing teacher
Became just a good friend.
We'd meet by chance in the bar
Every once in a while
And she'd make me blush
With her knowing smile.
So very many years ago
But a memory bright and clear
If I close my eyes and think
It could've been just last year.
The world has change so much
Not so inexperienced any more
As some of us young squaddies in
Those long passed  days of yore.
I'm getting old now and recall
Is not always of  the best
But Crystal clear in my mind is
The joy of that first Rosenfest.
There's something about being
A Vet that means you can share
All those special experiences
With Vets who weren't even there.

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