A Soldiers Christmas Poem

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Real Estate Attorney with Bay Vista Realty BK671311

 

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,

I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,

My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.


Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,

Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,

Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.


My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,

ecure and surrounded by love I would sleep.

In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,

So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.


The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,

But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.

Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,

hen the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.


My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,

And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,

A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.


A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,

Huddled here in the cold.

Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,

Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.


"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,

"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!

Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,

You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"


For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,

Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light

Then he sighed and he said "It’s really all right,

I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."


"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,

That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,

I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.


My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"

Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."

My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',

And now it is my turn and so, here I am.


I've not seen my own son in more than a while,

But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,

The red, white, and blue... an American flag.


I can live through the cold and the being alone,

Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,

I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.


I can carry the weight of killing another,

Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.

Who stand at the front against any and all,

To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."


"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,

Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,

"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?


It seems all too little for all that you've done,

For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,

"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.


To fight for our rights back home while we're gone,

o stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,

o know you remember we fought and we bled.


Is payment enough,

and with that we will trust,

That we mattered to you

as you mattered to us."



 

 

 

Please take this and share it.  Cut and paste it to your other blogs, as a Soldier who has spent far too many Birthdays and other holidays in some far off place, I can tell you that at this time of year, your thoughts and prayers matter most.  If you love this nation as much as I do, as much as Every Service member does, SHARE THIS AS MUCH AS YOU CAN!

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Comments (2)

Navona Hart
Real Living Cornerstone - Farmville, VA
Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia

I am a huge supporter of our military, what they do, what they sacrifice is amazing.  Thanks for the post.

Dec 22, 2010 08:13 AM
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KANDIE HUMPHREY
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS. I HAVE READ IT MANY TIMES AND NEVER FAIL TO CRY. I WORRY AND THANK OUR TROOPS EVERY NIGHT IN MY PRAYERS. MY HEART IS HEAVY WITH THOUGHTS OF THEM ALL,NOT ONLY CHRISTMAS BUT ALL YEAR LONG. GOD BLESS AND BE WITH EACH AND EVERYONE ONE YOU!! I HAVE MANY FRIENDS,FAMILY AND LOVED ONES SERVING. MY OWN SON GOING LATER AFTER USAFA ACADEMY GRADUATION. WITHOUT OUR SOLDIERS,WE COULD NOT BE CELEBRATING ANY HOLIDAYS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I LOVE YOU ALL.
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