27 January 2009

DUKW

DUKW01











Its hulk stood by inviting second glances
lightened in benevolence. A backyard toy I
never took the time to understand before –
back then a million thoughts had right of way
where only now a lonely few still stand the
day; a DUKW (pronounced – ‘duck’) built by
GMC and dressed in rust and olive green. 


Until today I wondered what it meant.

D proclaimed vehicle designed in 1941, U, a
utility (amphibious), K, all-wheel drive & W,
two powered rear axles. Went riding in the bay
$2 a trip – the kids who climbed aboard on sand
and sailed a shimmered sea were soldiers all
and brave as little innocents could only be.
© 15 September 2008, I. D. Carswell