.....And the Lord spake forth unto the heavens  
and said, "let there be Airborne." 
The earth then did tremble and quake  
and the waters did rise up  
and the clouds did part  
and there came forth  
a multitude of parachutes that filled the sky. 
God looked down and saw this was good.  
And they were good; they were AIRBORNE.  

God then spake forth unto the land and said: 
"Let there be Rangers." 
And all at once the day turned into darkness, 
and the winds did howl, 
and mountains crumbled into the sea, 
and the great rocks did part, 
and there sprang forth 
a horde of Mephistopheles' disciples  
wearing Ranger tabs and 
carrying all sorts of deadly weapons.  
God looked down and saw that this was bad. 
And they were bad; they were RANGERS.  

Then God spoke forth thrice,  
unto the sky, the earth, and the sea, and said:  
"Let there be Special Forces."  
Lightning did flash and thunder echoed across the sky.  
Mountains spewed molten rock  
and rained fire upon the land.  
Tidal waves surged against the shore.  
Despair, disorder and turmoil did prevail.  
Forthwith, there did appear  
a band of twelve extraordinary men.  
A few came from beneath the waves;  
others jumped from the sky; 
and more still stalked silently from the dense forests.  
Each one was in camouflage battle dress,  
wearing a Green Beret.  
Working together, they brought peace unto the land.  
God looked down and saw that this was amazing. 
And they were amazing; 
they were SPECIAL FORCES.  

Besides himself,  
God now spake forth again and commanded:  
"Let all ye that be weak in mind and body,  
arise and go forth."  
And lo, from the abyss  
they crawled forward with indecision  
and limped meekly upon the earth.  
God looked down and shook His head,  
for this was pathetic. 
And they were pathetic; they were LEGS.  

written in 1977 by LTC Robert K. Suchke, USA SF Retired
SF verse added in 1981
1983 LTC Robert Suchke


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