A Sparkers ‘If’ Dit

A Sparker’s “If”
(with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

If you can keep your head when all the buntings
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can read through atmospheric crashes .
With signals fading down to near “R-2”;

If you can send and not get tired sending
And when you stumble, make a neat erase;
If you can read without the old complaining:
“His bloody Morse is just a damn disgrace”;

If you don’t fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds worth of IMI’s
And if you always use correct procedure,
But still don’t talk too much, nor look too wise;

If you can live with buntings, jeeps and stokers
And tolerate both Pusser’s rum and stew;
And copy when reliefs are in their hammocks
And never miss a group with every spew;

If officers and Chiefs and drunken Yeomen
Can heckle you and still your nerves won’t fray;
Then you’re a damn good sparker, son – you’ve made it!
You’re earning every penny of your pay. . . .

MUL.

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One Response to A Sparkers ‘If’ Dit

  1. Jim D says:

    True, true…

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