Merry Christmas, Servicemen & Women!

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by flathead willie, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. flathead willie

    flathead willie Well-Known Member

    A Different Christmas Poem

    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 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 'Its really all right.'

    'I'm sorry if I gave you a start or a fright,
    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 will always remember.'

    '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 for 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 will 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.'
  2. willcat

    willcat New Member

    pretty cool gave me goosebumps when i read this!!!!

  3. GoFish_Tony

    GoFish_Tony New Member

    Big Rock, IL
    An amazing piece of literature. Thanks for posting it.

    God Bless all those that serve Our Great Country!


  4. MRR

    MRR New Member

    Thank you for posting this poem.I couldn't of even begun to of said words like that. I want to say Merry Christmas to all of our Men /Women and thier familys.If it wasn't for them none of us would be where we are today.
  5. SSgt Fishslayer

    SSgt Fishslayer New Member

    south carolina
    you know willie, if i could say thank you enough for this, it would take me quite a long time. i have spent more than my share of the holidays away from my relatives, but i was always surrounded by family. they are the men and women whom i have served with for many years, and will continue to serve with for quite a while more. thanks again for the post, and it is very true in every way.
  6. olefin

    olefin New Member

    Great post Billie!

    I join the others and say God Bless all our fine military people and I wish them all a Merry Christmas.
  7. curdog

    curdog New Member

    Sheridan, Arkansas
    That was a great poem!!!
    I would like to wish all of our service men and women a very Merry Christmas.
  8. 1sporticus

    1sporticus Active Member

    Great poam, It hits pretty close to home. I do hope and pray that our Men and Women in the Military have a Merry Christmas, and come home safely. Later Andy
  9. floundahman

    floundahman New Member

    North Caro
    Great post Willie! Merry Christmas and a huge thank you to all of those serving now and all those who have served.
  10. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

    Good post Billie, I would also like to say God Bless and Merry Christmas to all the men and women in uniform serving This Great Country!!!