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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.

Thank you so much MILLISMA for sharing this with us and allowing us to share it also.
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CETANISTAWI 12/15/2013 5:32PM

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MAMISHELI53 12/5/2013 8:39AM

    So true - we owe more than just thanks to those who have willingly served our countries.

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GHOSTFLAMES 12/5/2013 5:40AM

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 12/5/2013 2:15AM

    Thank you for sharing. Beautiful Poem!

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DEE107 12/5/2013 12:18AM

    thank you for sharing

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/4/2013 10:23PM

    Really great poem. We should remember our soldiers who will not be able to be home for the holidays.

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MILLISMA 12/4/2013 9:26PM

    Thank you so much for reposting, Helen. This really touches the heart and we owe them so much. God bless you and your family!!!

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JANIEWWJD 12/4/2013 8:43PM

    I still have a lump in my throat!!!! Thank you so much for the reminder!!!!!
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FROSTY99 12/4/2013 6:56PM

    Thank you for sharing. I have received this several times and always pass it on as our soldiers deserve all the acknowledgement we can give them for the sacrifices they make. They are truly the heroes we should be honoring not the ones who seem to always garner the recognition.
Bless those who serve.
Amen

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RENOKAT52 12/4/2013 5:15PM

    I am trying to post a comment, so if you find more than one, you will know why!! This poem says it clearly, thank you so much for sharing it with us.

In all the rushing around during this time of year, we sometimes forget the reason for the season and the love of those who give to us, so much, so we can be free.

Hugs
Kat

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_LINDA 12/4/2013 1:36PM

    This is the first I have read this. Did bring tears to my eyes..
Thanks so much for posting!


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LOSTLIME 12/4/2013 1:17PM

    Thanks for sharing! Will pass it on!

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CAROLIAN 12/4/2013 12:50PM

    emoticon I'll pass it on too xxx

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1CRAZYDOG 12/4/2013 12:43PM

    This makes me cry everytime. Thanks for passing it on. I am going to as well. Here's to you DS (Go Army).

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MAURIZIA 12/4/2013 11:18AM

    Helen, it is one of those emails I don't mind receiving over & over again as a reminder to remember our military. Thank you for sharing!!

Blessings...

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TINY67 12/4/2013 11:16AM

    emoticon I'll pass it on.

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