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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 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."
I am thankful to our soldiers wherever they may be at this time, I am grateful to my dad who fought in WW2 to protect his posterity AND YOURS.  My wish today is that all of us remember our soldiers and what they sacrifice for us, and that we dont hesitate to tell them, and NOT just at Christmas time!  May your day be filled with thanks for all that we have and especially for our FREEDOM that has been given to us through the years due to our Soldiers, and may we show them the RESPECT they deserve.
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Now, the Christmas decorating has begun at my home, all the fall is down and in the garage, some minor cleaning has to take place this afternoon and then the "27" Christmas TUBS will be brought in and so it begins.......  Hubby is at the hardware store buying rebar for his Christmas light project (we left it behind when we moved due to its weight factor)   and I will share photos on my webshots site as I take them-I believe in the Missouri house folder you can see some from last year- we moved here Dec 12th, so a lot has changed (wall color etc) in the last year!  I am sick again today, I hate sinus infections- they drag on forever!!   I keep reminding myself= this to shall pass (kind of like my teenagers attitudes! lol)   have a great day and I will see you here tomorrow (but never on Sunday)  hugs! Gwen

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