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Discussion in 'Poetry' started by sniper1946, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. sniper1946

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    SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS
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    'Twas 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 little house lived.

    As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
    No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

    No Stockings 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 sobering thought came through my mind.

    For this house was different, it was dark and dreary,
    The home of a soldier, I could now 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 such disorder,
    Not how I picture a United States Soldier.

    Was this the hero of whom I'd just read?
    Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?

    I realized 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 wondering 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 one knee and started to cry.

    The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
    "Santa don't cry, for 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,
    as we both shivered from the cold night's chill.

    I didn't 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.

    ~ Author Unknown *~
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    * This poem is said to have been written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan. The following is his request. We think it is reasonable.....​

    "PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. 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."
    "We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us." George Orwell
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  2. Biak

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    I just copied and sent to everyone in my book. Thanks for the reminder.
     
  3. sniper1946

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    good poem to pass on,thanks biak,ray..
     
  4. sniper1946

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    if you take the time to read,please pass it on as requested below poem,many thanks...
     
  5. sniper1946

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    one last goodbye....


    silence lingers through halls of fame
    soldiers guarding nameless names
    keeping eyes alert and ready
    watching ever for the foe

    misty morns and darkened nights
    seeing ever fading lights
    no one hears a word that's said
    whirling round inside your head

    long behind,all countries pray
    for ones loved soldiers far away
    letters written to recieve
    upon this last night,new years eve

    coming home soon,wanting out
    needing sense to sort this doubt
    letting go is hard to feel
    being far away not real

    I hope to see this duty through
    withstanding shell and bullets too
    no one wants to see more die
    all we long for,is the final goodbye.

    ray.w.2009....:)
     
  6. sunny971

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    Ray that's an excellent poem! great job.

    And yes , hope the troops do come home safely in 2010.


    Suzie
     
  7. sniper1946

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    thankyou suzie,I just sat down and typed it out in a couple of minutes,it just seemed to flow,I'm pleased,as it felt right,ray..:)
     
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    A safe return for all troop sin 2010! :poppy:
     
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    Fantastic poem Ray. I also wish for the safe return of all troops in 2010.
     
  10. sniper1946

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    cheers eric,glad you like it,hope you had a good night..:)
     
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    It was good lot's of fireworks and some of the locals shooting their guns in the air. I just like the feasting and drinking part. Hope yours was good as well.
     
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    all good,lots of fireworks eric,and london/edinburgh had fantastic displays....
     
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    Always in our thoughts as the Heroes they are, Godspeed!
     
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    unfortunately another loss,today 1st jan.....
     
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    Excellent post Sniper.

    And may all the troops from all the various countries fighting for freedom whether it be ours or someone else's return home safely.
     
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    thanks tom,very much appreciated,ray..
     
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    some lovely poems written to those who lost their lives..

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    Thanks for the share Ray. Forwarded to my F-in-L, retired state troop.
     
  19. sniper1946

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    thanks luke,one of those oddities you come across,ray..:)
     
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    feeling lost,losing time
    touching you,so sublime
    walking talking
    things we'd do
    longing!wanting! more its true.

    losing loved ones close to you
    means so much,leaves you blue
    never knowing what lies ahead!
    laying! thinking! in my bed
    life moves on,and so must you.


    when you were here, loving you
    life was good! love was true
    holding on to words you'd say
    finding moments from each day
    stops the pain, missing you.


    I always love your smiling face
    nothing that time will ever replace
    our times,our life,our days of youth
    a love that still remains in truth
    memories,and your sweet grace....


    ray.w 29/01/10
     

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