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A Soldier's Poem for Christmas!!!!


Wednesday, December 04, 2013



I believe this started last year and it touched my heart deeply. With the Christmas season upon us, I wanted to share it again. Thank you to the soldiers all over the world.




T'WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,

HE LIVED ALL ALONE,

IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE,

MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.


I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY,

WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,

AND TO SEE JUST WHO,

IN THIS HOME, DID LIVE.


I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,

A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,

NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,

NOT EVEN A TREE.


NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,

JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,

ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES,

OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.


WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,

AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,

A SOBER THOUGHT,

CAME THROUGH MY MIND.


FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,

IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,

I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,

ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.



THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,

SILENT, ALONE,

CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR,

IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.


THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,

THE ROOM IN DISORDER,

NOT HOW I PICTURED,

A TRUE BRITISH SOLDIER.


WAS THIS THE HERO,

OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?

CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,

THE FLOOR FOR A BED?



I REALISED THE FAMILIES,

THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,

OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS,

WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.


SOON ROUND THE WORLD,

THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,

AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE,

A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.


THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM,

EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,

BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,

LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.


I COULDN'T HELP WONDER,

HOW MANY LAY ALONE,

ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE,

IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.


THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT,

A TEAR TO MY EYE,

I DROPPED TO MY KNEES,

AND STARTED TO CRY.


THE SOLDIER AWAKENED,

AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,

"SANTA DON'T CRY,

THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;


I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,

I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,

MY LIFE IS MY GOD,

MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS.."


THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,

AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,

I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,

I CONTINUED TO WEEP.


I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,

SO SILENT AND STILL,

AND WE BOTH SHIVERED,

FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.


I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE,

ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,

THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR,

SO WILLING TO FIGHT.


THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,

WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,

WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,

IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."


ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.

"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,

AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."



This poem was written by a Peacekeeping soldier stationed overseas.
The following is his request. I think it is reasonable:


PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favour of sending this to as many
people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is
due to all of the service men and women for our being able to celebrate
these festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we
owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who
sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this
small seed.






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MOTLEM 12/6/2013 2:13AM

    always awesome thank you

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NCWINECHICK 12/5/2013 3:59PM

    Thank you for posting! It is so important to remember all the service men and women..... I have many friends and family members in various areas - Army, Air Force and Marines.....
This is such a great reminder for everyone - thank you for sharing :)

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LEW0213 12/5/2013 8:27AM

    Thank you for posting this, Mary Anne. It touched my heart. Hugs to you, Linda

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DOROTHYBERO 12/5/2013 5:57AM

    Beautiful - thnaks for sharing!

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KAYDE53 12/4/2013 11:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Loved the group hug too!

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ANHELIC 12/4/2013 11:22PM

    What an awesome poem. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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NORASPAT 12/4/2013 10:46PM

    Thank you Mary Anne. DH is a British soldier he has a medal too.
I loved the poem last year so it is becoming the "Christmas poem of reality".
Thanks for posting it Pat in Maine.
There are many world wide soldiers to pay tribute to in this poem at Christmas.
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BESCATS 12/4/2013 8:01PM

    Thank you, that was so beautiful, and I am sharing with my FB friends.

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CHACHAOREO 12/4/2013 6:46PM

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FISHINGLADY66 12/4/2013 5:05PM

    I am sharing this also. Thank you.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 12/4/2013 2:19PM

    good reminder,
cute kitty hug.

Hope all is well in your world.
Audra

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 12/4/2013 12:51PM

    Aww that was beautiful!

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LOUIE-LILY 12/4/2013 12:48PM

    Wonderful, Mary Anne - A worthwhile lunch break spent reading this and sending on!
Hugs,
PS I love the group hug too!!!!
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GINIEMIE 12/4/2013 11:52AM

    I love it and I'm sharing.
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/4/2013 11:03AM

    I will definitely share this. God bless all our soldiers including my dear grandson in the Marines.
Thank you for posting this and sharing with us.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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LAC936 12/4/2013 10:31AM

    Absolutely will do; thanks for sharing

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GOOZLEBEAR 12/4/2013 10:23AM

    Thank you for sharing Mary Anne, wonderful poem. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KLMEIRING 12/4/2013 10:22AM

    Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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IAMWINNING 12/4/2013 10:15AM

    I've read this poem before and shed a few tears of my own. I was born into a military family, worked with the US Department of Defense (as a civilian) and will always hold our military in my heart, with thanksgiving to all they do for us.

I love the 'group hug' too. : )

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LIVINGFREE19 12/4/2013 10:11AM

    I LOVE this poem, and I will send it on!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/4/2013 10:06AM

    Yes. I sent this around last year and will do so again. In honor of my son, GO ARMY! HUGS son.

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KATHRYNLP 12/4/2013 9:38AM

    This is a really good reminder of what's really important. emoticon

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