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#185468 - 12/16/05 01:36 AM A Different Christmas Poem
NYgal Offline

*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,*

*Secure 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,*

*Then 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, *

*Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.*

*Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,*

*Standing watch over me, and my wife and 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 at home while we're gone,*

*To stand your own watch, no matter how long.*

*For when we come home, either standing or dead,*

*To 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.*

*Author unknown.*


#185469 - 12/16/05 03:47 AM Re: A Different Christmas Poem
indygal Offline
Thank you NYGAL, I had forgotten.
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

#185470 - 12/16/05 04:08 AM Re: A Different Christmas Poem
reaper Offline
And pray they all return home soon and safe!

#185471 - 12/16/05 11:12 AM Re: A Different Christmas Poem
Now Danny Offline

#185472 - 12/16/05 01:07 PM Re: A Different Christmas Poem
Chloe Offline
Dare To Deviate

#185473 - 12/16/05 03:11 PM Re: A Different Christmas Poem
RMT Offline
Nice poem NYgal.... quick story....during Thanksgiving our flight from Dublin, Ireland stopped at Shannon and we had a little time to wait. While there the airport was crowded with guys from the 101rst airborn waiting to head off to Kuwait and then on to Iraq. We made a point of talking to a number of them and most importantly saying "thanks". It's important to remember...

#185474 - 12/16/05 03:16 PM Re: A Different Christmas Poem
Ernie B Offline
How times change. This is much better than getting cursed on 5th Ave in N.Y. in the 60s.
Gun Control is Hitting Your Target.

#185475 - 12/16/05 04:12 PM Re: A Different Christmas Poem
paguy Offline
I have not made comments on the Board since my last visit 2 years ago. Read each week, miss the Island and its people .

Reading this poem brought a true story to mind and a few tears. Today a Col in the Army reserves, flying home for two weks to see his family. He stands for in what we are believe. Freedom for All. This not a political statement , just a beief.By the way this soldier is Calass of 75 The Citadel Military College of S.C. Class of 75, my friend, Classmateand a Hero
As Tiny tim said" God bless all"

#185476 - 12/16/05 04:13 PM Re: A Different Christmas Poem
paguy Offline
Soory for Typos

#185477 - 12/16/05 05:45 PM Re: A Different Christmas Poem
Jeb Offline
tears from me.
bless all.
immissing had me stay gone.
Merry Christmas Immissing.
ny not a fault.
wife happy with me. it matters.
life short.
paguy thankyou to bring me back.

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