Crewcut hitch-hiker held out his sign,
“My mother worries about me a lot.
If she knew I was hitching
she’d really be upset.”
“It’s okay for you to be a soldier
but not to hitch?”
“Oh, no. she called the President,
told him he shouldn’t take me.
Talked with one of his aides
at midnight. She couldn’t sleep.
She used to call my commanding officer,
you know, was I getting enough to eat?
But she means well.
“When I got out she told me
I should come right home,
my dog has pups and she needs me.”
I said, “She can handle it.”
But she said,
‘She’s emotionally upset,
can’t be a good mother.
The pups will grow up disturbed.”