Little White Guards

   marching back and forth
in mediterranean sunshine 

looking not hot but just
      a little too warm

   white jackets help
   prevent heatstroke
death under the sun


      little white guards
   demonstrate how
to survive extremes

can a man become
accustomed to heat
      like I never knew


   altitude sickness
isn't novel any more
nor heat exhaustion

heatstroke has seemed
      something to avoid

      so white uniform
jackets look good
   (smart thinking)

   how do they keep 
those jackets clean

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